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Cleveland police: 2 infants found dead in garbage can; 16-year-old mother accused of putting them there

According to a police report, the suspect's mother found the babies in the trash, and told authorities her daughter admitted to giving birth to them.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Division of Police is investigating after two infants were found dead on the city's east side Saturday.

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Police officials tell 3News that officers responded to the 2800 block of Ludlow Road for two infant fatalities on Saturday. According to a police report, the mother of a 16-year-old girl called 911 after finding the babies in the trash, and she claimed to authorities her daughter admitted to giving birth to the children before she "threw the babies in the garbage."

Residents in the community told 3News that they heard babies crying Thursday evening on the night they were allegedly born, but did not suspect anything was wrong. The caller claimed she did not even know her daughter was pregnant.

Bedford police later located the teen suspect receiving treatment at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. She has since been transferred to UH's main campus and is being monitored by Cleveland officers.

This case is being investigated as a homicide, but no specific charges have been filed at this time, and officials have not determined the exact cause of death of the infants. Police say they will eventually present their findings to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

EDITORS' NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on May 21, 2023, in an unrelated report. 

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