Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mummified Baby Found in Quebec Home Likely Hidden Pregnancy from 1940s: Coroner

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mummified Baby Found in Quebec Home Likely Hidden Pregnancy from 1940s: Coroner

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Baby remains likely from hidden pregnancy: coroner

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MONTREAL - A Quebec coroner says the mummified remains of a baby found hidden in the basement ceiling of a Montreal-area home was most likely a hidden pregnancy dating back to the late 1940s.

There are still details, however, that probably never will be known about the body of the full-term female fetus that was wrapped in newsprint when it fell on the head of a construction worker in January 2017.

Coroner Steeve Poisson wrote in a short report made public on Thursday that the autopsy was not able to determine how the girl died or whether she was born alive.

The remains bore no marks and a toxicology report wasn't possible.

Montreal police, who were called to the home following the discovery, found the body wrapped in a newspaper dated December 1948. …

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