OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) – Investigators found three tiny bodies wrapped in plastic at the home of a woman who was charged last week with killing her newborn child, police said Monday. Authorities were still searching the property, and there was a backhoe at the site Monday morning.
None of the bodies was full-term, and only the death that Christy Freeman had already been charged with was recent, said Ocean City Police spokesman Barry Neeb.
“The rest could be a number of years old,” he said.
Two were found in bags along with what investigators believe to be a placenta in a trunk in Christy Freeman’s bedroom, and another was in a garbage bag found in a motor home parked in her driveway, police said. The remains were sent to the chief medical examiner in Baltimore to determine the causes of their deaths, their ages and if they were related to Freeman, 37.
Freeman, who has four other children, came to authorities’ attention on Thursday while she was hospitalized. Medical personnel called police after determining she had been pregnant but could not account for the newborn child.
After interviewing her, police searched Freeman’s home and found the body of an infant wrapped in a blanket. Freeman was charged with murder and manslaughter under a 2005 law allowing charges for the death of a fetus that can live outside the womb.
Officers continued searching the home and property during the weekend and found the other tiny bodies, Neeb said.
Freeman lived on the second floor of the home with her boyfriend and her four other children, all of whom are safe, police said Monday. The building is less than a block off the Coastal Highway, the main north-south route in this resort town.
Freeman, owner of Classic Taxi in Ocean City, appeared in a Worcester County court Monday wearing shackles.
The judge delayed her hearing until she had time to speak with an attorney.
Deputy State’s Attorney Mike Farlow also sought a delay, telling Judge Daniel Mumford that Freeman was still being interviewed by investigators.