The search continues for the mother of a newborn baby boy who was found dead at a Salvation Army store in Streamwood, Illinois on Friday. The child had apparently been strangled.
A press release issued by the Streamwood police on Saturday described the mother as being a Hispanic female between 14 and 25 years old, between 5-feet-1-inch and 5-feet-4-inches tall, thin with dark brown hair in a pony tail. She was seen wearing a lime green jacket, a purple hooded sweatshirt, dark sweatpants and dark suede boots. She was reportedly carrying a large red/purple purse.
Police believe the mother was with another woman and a child when she entered the thrift store on Friday morning.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office rule the infant’s death a homicide on Saturday. Police believe the child was born in a washroom in the same store between 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Friday.
Melanie Scofield, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army, stated that the infant’s body was found at about 1 p.m. on Friday by a store employee. She said the employee saw blood on the washroom floor, returned to clean it and found the baby in the trash can.
Scofield said that the Salvation Army notified police immediately, cooperated in the investigation and helped to provide the description that police have used to create a composite sketch of the woman they believe to be the infant’s mother.
The store had been closed until 5:30 p.m. Friday but has reopened, according to Scofield.
Streamwood police request that anyone with information about the incident call the department’s investigations division at (630) 736-3700 or call their confidential tip line at (630) 736-3719.