Man Finds 'Mummified' Baby in Late Mother's Freezer: 'I Freaked Out'

A St. Louis man found a "mummified" baby in his late mother's freezer.
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A Missouri man couldn't believe what he found in his late mother's freezer.

After Adam Smith's mom died on July 21 from lung cancer at the age of 68, he began cleaning out the St. Louis house they lived in together. She had lived in the home for more than 20 years, and Smith had recently moved in with her to take care of her in her illness.

In his cleaning, he thought of a box that he had seen his mother keep in her freezer his entire life. It was there when he was growing up. And even when she moved several times, that box went with her. It must be at least 37 years old, the 37-year-old Smith said.

His mother never told him what was in it. So on Sunday, he went to her freezer and opened the box. He thought he would find the top of her first wedding cake or some money.

"It turns out it was a baby," Smith told KSDK.

"It still had skin, hair and everything. It was mummified. After that, I freaked out, put it in the box and called police right away," he said.

St. Louis investigators are treating the case as a "suspicious death," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“Even as she was on her deathbed, she never told me what was in that box,” Smith told the Post-Dispatch. “That’s what makes me think maybe she did something to this baby and didn’t want to tell anyone because she was afraid she would get in trouble.”

He said the morbid finding makes him nervous to continue sorting through her belongings.

“I picked up a sock and felt something in it. But it was just cigarettes she was hiding from me," he told the Post-Dispatch.

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