It has been 22-months since her own mother tossed the minutes-old newborn baby from an eighth-floor apartment window in Uptown. But her body was never claimed. Until now.
The tiny girl survived the 80-foot drop and lied exposed in the cold November air until a passerby happened to see her lying in the grass. An hour later, she died from her massive injuries.
This summer, the girl’s mother, Mubashra Uddin, received an outrageous sentence for killing her own baby: four years probation. Uddin was 19 when she tossed her first child out the window to hide the birth from her parents.
But the sentencing of Uddin was not the end of the story.
It turns out that for the past 22-months the dead infant’s body has gone unclaimed by her family.
Today, finally, she will be laid to rest.
Rest In His Arms, a non-profit group that arranges for the burial of unclaimed children, has taken on the task (more of an honor, really) of burying the girl.
Services will be held at 10 o’clock this morning at St. Mary’s Parish, 10 North Buffalo Grove Road in suburban Buffalo Grove.
A second girl, found in a Dolton, IL, shed this summer, will be laid to rest with her.
Both babies will then be buried at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.
Rest In His Arms has named the Uptown girl Baby Mariam Jane Uddin. “Her family heritage is Pakistani, so we named her Mariam after the Virgin Mary and also because it honors her heritage,” the group said.
Donations to Rest In His Arms may be made HERE.