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Baby found alive in apartment with body of woman: Milwaukee police

Posted at 3:26 PM, Oct 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-14 23:32:30-04

MILWAUKEE — A baby was found alive in an apartment with the body of a 19-year-old woman in Milwaukee after a foul smell drew authorities Thursday morning, police said.

Milwaukee police said the child, believed to be under the age of 1, was brought to the hospital while the woman's body was brought to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

A report of a foul smell brought Milwaukee police to the apartment in the 2800 block of West Wisconsin Avenue just before 7 a.m. Thursday.

"I live across the hall from her," a neighbor named James said. "Our apartments almost face each other, and so we were smelling a funny smell, so we all were getting on edge."

There they found the woman's body and the child still alive, Milwaukee police confirmed.

Neighbor Vera Cowley said she called the police.

"They were kicking the door, the baby still never cry, and the baby cry when they picked it up," Cowley said.

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"It makes me very sad that happened," said neighbor Mark Gremillion. "Now that they don’t have a mom."

The investigation into the incident continues. How the woman died was not announced, nor their identities. Police described it as a "death incident."

"Nobody knows what really happened," Gremillion said. "It’s a big apartment building, a lot of people in there."

"If I don’t see you three to four days, I'm going to check on you," Cowley said. "And I feel like as neighbors we need to do that more."

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