Body Parts Of Child, Including Head, Found In Chicago’s Garfield Park; Investigation Ongoing

Body Parts Of Child, Including Head, Found In Chicago’s Garfield Park; Investigation Ongoing
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Body parts of a child, including the head, were discovered in Chicago’s Garfield Park on Saturday night, the Chicago Police Department said.


According to NBC News, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that a hand, left foot and right foot were also discovered in the park’s lagoon Saturday. The remains of the child have been severely decomposed. Also found along with the body parts was a 20 pound weight, Guglielmi said.

The case is being treated as a death investigation. Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th, said the remains belong to a child between the age of 2 and 4 years. The gender remains unclear.

The park has been closed for public access as the investigation is ongoing. The search continued through the night, with several police vehicles and officers responding to the scene, video footage obtained showed.

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As reported by Chicago Tribune, Perry Starks, a member of the Garfield Park Advisory Council, said that the incident was heinous and disturbing. He expressed that there have been similar incidents in the past. Some of the issues concerning the park stem from people who wander about in tree sheltered and unlit areas to trade drugs, engage in sexual activities or sleep during the nights. As a security measure, a rule was put in place that disallowed people from parking their vehicles in the park from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.

While the recent upgrade made to the park – including to the field-house on the lagoon and some of the roads and trails – has helped authorities tackle these issues, there is a need for more lighting, Starks said.

“It wouldn’t surprise me that someone would dump that there and no one would see them,” Starks said.

“This is unthinkable,” Ervin said. “To dismember a child and throw it into the lagoon, this just hurts.

“Garfield Park is the jewel of the West Side, and for someone to bring this type of nonsense to this park is unfortunate.”

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