Officials: Baby found in trash bin in Streamwood was strangled

Tribune reporter

The dead baby boy found in a trash bin at a Streamwood Salvation Army store had been strangled soon after he was born and police are looking for the child's mother, according to officials.

According to a press release from the Streamwood Police Department, the Cook County medical examiner's office is calling the infant's death a homicide.

The police said the infant was a boy, 18 inches long, and had been carried to full term. The police also believe that the mother of the child had given birth between 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Friday in the washroom of the store at 1080 S. Barrington Rd.

Police released a composite sketch of the person they believe to be the infant's mother and also said they believe the woman may have entered the store with another woman and a child.

The release described the mother as being a Hispanic female between 14 and 25 years old, standing 5-feet-1-inch to 5-feet-4-inches tall with a thin build and dark brown hair in a pony tail. She was wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt, dark sweatpants, a lime green jacket and dark suede boots, and was carrying a large purple/red purse.

Anyone with information is asked to call the department's investigations division at 630-736-3700 or call the confidential tip line at 630-736-3719.

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