Toddler’s body on NY shore still unidentified

Although I don’t think I ever wrote about it, many of my readers will no doubt be aware of the case where several missing women, mostly prostitutes, were found murdered on the shore of Long Island. A few Charley Project cases were among them. Well, I found this New York Times article about a little girl’s body that was found on the same stretch of beach on April 4 — but a mile away from the other women’s bodies, so the police don’t think the deaths are related. The child, who was between 18 and 24 months old, was however only about 250 feet away from another woman’s head, hands and forearm.

In spite of where her body was found, the police have not classified the toddler’s death as a homicide, since they can find no evidence of trauma to the body. Her body was wrapped carefully in a blanket and hidden in the brush at the foot of a tree, and they think a caregiver, perhaps a parent or both parents, put it there.

It’s been almost two months and it doesn’t sound like the police are anywhere close to identifying the little girl. It’s unlikely she was ever reported missing. Cracking this case may well depend on a neighbor or distant relative realizing they haven’t seen so-and-so’s child in quite a long time and the explanations for her absence don’t hold water.

This case has Boy in the Box overtones. I hope, unlike in that case, they’re able to identify this girl quickly. I usually don’t post about unidentified bodies but this one touched my heart.

7 thoughts on “Toddler’s body on NY shore still unidentified

  1. Princess Shantae May 30, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    If her parents or parent did this then that would go a way to explain why nobody reported her missing. Too little to be in school so not many people would know she wasn’t where she was supposed to be.
    Remember Precious Doe? It was years before they id’d her, and it was her mother and mother’s boyfriend (its always the mother’s boyfriend, isn’t it) that killed her.

    • Meaghan May 30, 2011 / 1:11 pm

      And I think it was Precious Doe/Erica Green’s grandfather or great-grandfather who gave the tip that finally identified that poor baby.

      My guess is that the Long Island child died of neglect or maybe natural causes that could have been prevented, and her parent(s) freaked and thought they’d face charges, so they abandoned her body.

  2. Jaime May 30, 2011 / 2:21 pm

    Sounds like Camden Pierce Hughes except that LE found his body very quickly and was able to release a computer generated picture of him. Although his mother did strangle him according to 1 article.

  3. Jaime May 30, 2011 / 2:34 pm

    I wonder when they are going to release a time frame of when they believed someone dumped her body.

  4. psychowatcher May 30, 2011 / 4:54 pm

    The baby was wrapped up so it probably was a parent or care giver.
    So sad that a young child can lay unidentified. I realize that families are not as close as they once were but for a child that ‘old’ to have never have been seen by someone that would miss her is so sad.

  5. Kat May 30, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    there was another unsolved toddler case back in the early 90’s in NY that always got to me. I think they called her Baby Hope. She was found in an ice chest on the side of the highway. Looked like she was placed there by parents/caregivers (using the word loosely). However, this child was abused. I wonder if they’ve ever found anything more. I don’t think so. I get the NY papers where I am to keep up with stuff in that area, I have family that lives just a bit outside the City.

    • Jaime May 30, 2011 / 6:45 pm

      No she is still unidentified. You can find her on the Doe Network. She was found in 1991.

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