Horrifying details are beginning to emerge in the case of two baby boys, apparently newborn twins, who were thrown from a six-story building in Claremont, New York.
The bodies were discovered by the building superintendent, a man who declined to give his last name but identified himself to journalists as “Johnny.”
He said he first spotted one of the bodies at 8am as he was doing his morning rounds: “I didn’t pay it any mind, because I thought it was a toy doll.”
It was only later in the day that he realised what he had seen. One of the boys was wrapped in a black plastic bin liner, and the other in a puppy training pad.
While early reports suggested that the infants had been stabbed, closer analysis revealed that one of the babies appeared to have been wounded during both.
A blue “cord” reported around the neck of the other child appears to have been its umbilical cord, and it had suffered a head injury possibly associated with a fall from a window.
“The baby was partially wrapped from the waist up in blue plastic, you know the kind you keep in the house for animals,” Johnny told the New York Post, explaining that he moved the body and found blood underneath.
“The blue [training pad] was wet. I turned it a little,” he added. “There was a little blood, but it did not soak through.”
Johnny, himself the father of three, said he thought throwing the babies out was an “unspeakable” act: “I can’t believe somebody would do that,” he said.
“The memory is going to stay with me for the rest of my life. A baby? I can understand you try to kill a person, but a baby? An innocent baby? No, no, no.”
A resident of the building, Osvaldo Volquez, told reporters that he had called police after spotting one of the infants “curled up in the foetal position.”
“I could see its little hands and feet,” he added. “I don’t know who would do such a thing.”
The twins were taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where their deaths were confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) at about 2pm local time.
Police have been checking nearby hospitals looking for a woman admitted with bleeding that might be the aftermath of an unassisted birth.
They told reporters they had no suspects and no further information at this time.