Streamwood police continue search for mother of slain infant

Streamwood police continue to search today for the mother of a newborn baby boy who was found strangled at a community Salvation Army store Friday.

According to press release issued Saturday by the Streamwood police, the mother is described 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.

Police believe the woman was accompanied by another woman and a child when she entered the store, 1080 S. Barrington Rd. in Streamwood, on Friday morning.

The infant's death was ruled a homicide Saturday by the Cook County medical examiner's office. Police believe the child was born between 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Friday in a washroom at the store.

According to Melanie Scofield, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army who today answered questions from the Tribune by e-mail, the infant's body was found by a store employee about 1 p.m. Friday.

The employee saw blood on the washroom floor, returned to the washroom to clean it, and discovered the baby in the trash can while doing so, Scofield said.

Scofield said that the agency immediately notified police, cooperated in the investigation and helped provide the description that police used to create a composite sketch of the woman they believe is the infant's mother.

Scofield said the store was closed until 5:30 p.m. Friday but has reopened.

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.

Amy Alderman contributed to this report.

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