LA coroner: Baby skeletons show no obvious trauma

Associated Press
Aug 23, 2010

The coroner's office says two babies found wrapped in 1930s newspapers and stuffed in a steamer trunk show no obvious signs of trauma.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Monday the cause of death is undetermined, though further tests including toxicology analyses could provide more information about how the babies died.

The bodies were found in the abandoned trunk Aug. 17 in an apartment building basement. Investigators have found no immediate evidence that foul play was involved.

The next phase in the investigation is DNA testing to identify the babies and see if they have any surviving family members.

Police Detective Hector Madrigal says one of the babies appeared premature and could have been miscarried or aborted.