Coffin with child’s organs found on sidewalk


A coffin was found on a North Philadelphia sidewalk late Monday night, and it didn’t exactly have a body inside.

Onlookers spotted the coffin around 9 p.m. Monday night, and hurriedly called the police rather than opening it. The coffin was child-sized and wrapped in a white trash bag. When police opened the coffin they found, in place of a body, a bag of a child’s organs.

“According to the medical examiner, (they) were in fact human organs. They believed they belonged to an infant or a child. What’s unusual is inside the coffin, other than the bag of organs, there was no body,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told CBS3.

It certainly marks an unusual crime, since caskets are usually found the other way around, with a body missing its organs.

“There have been cases where people take remains or human bodies for whatever unusual reason they decide… but we’re going to look into that,” Chief Scott said.

Police are now investigating local cemeteries for dug up graves.

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