Chicago police are conducting death investigations after two newborn girls were found dead inside a childcare center bathroom in Streeterville. On Friday, the Cook County medical examiner’s office performed autopsies on the girls, but the results are still pending.
Employees of a cleaning service called to clean up some blood at the facility in the 400 block of East Ontario found the girls around 6:59 p.m. Thursday, according to CPD records. Dispatchers told responding officers that the babies were in a trash bag. The children were not breathing when first responders arrived.
Both were pronounced dead at Lurie Children’s Hospital, police said.
A source familiar with the investigation said a woman was found in the bathroom about an hour before the children were discovered. She is being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the source.
Area Three detectives are handling the investigation, which was initially classified as endangering the life or health of children.
CBS2 reported that the childcare center serves Northwestern Medicine employees. The station said a Northwestern spokesperson confirmed that “an emergency medical situation involving a daycare employee occurred this evening at the daycare facility … No daycare children were involved or impacted by the situation.”