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Cops Find Body Of Newborn Infant In The Basement Of An Abandoned House, Parents Arrested

Cops Find Body Of Newborn Infant In The Basement Of An Abandoned House, Parents Arrested

Neighbors told police that the house was being used by drug users and squatters, especially since it hadn't been maintained by the owners

On February 2 of this year, the Canadian police discovered the body of a newborn infant that was buried in the basement of an abandoned home in Hamilton, according to CTV News. According to the publication, cops were called to a house on Wellington Street North a little after midnight after receiving a tip from a community member about "suspicious circumstances." Per CBC News, the neighbors told police that the house was being used by drug users and squatters, especially since it hadn't been maintained by the owners. Soon, an investigation was launched, and a body was found in the basement. 

 



 

 

Previous real estate listings of the house show that the building is over 100 years old and comes with an unfinished basement. Det. Sgt. Jim Callender confirmed that they located the body of an infant buried in the basement. Callender also added that there was some soil in the part of the basement where the baby was buried. On February 25 afternoon, Callender revealed that officers and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service found the infant's body at roughly 5 pm. "This is a tragic scenario that's gone on here, one that no police officer or individual wants to deal with," he said.

 



 

 

Two people—Nathan O'Brien, 34, and Winnie Ensor, 24— believed to be the deceased child's parents, have been arrested and have been slapped with charges for criminal negligence causing death and interfering with a dead body. "We've spoken with both of them, and part of the information they provided has been of assistance to us," Callender said. He also added that O'Brien and Ensor did not live at the residence. At the time, when asked for the motive behind the murder, Callender said, "the circumstances that arise and are part of this investigation, there's some sensitivity to that, so I'm not going to discuss that."

 



 

 

"We have been working closely with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, and the coroner has also been engaged. This will continue on for the next couple of days." Ensor's aunt, Janet Ensor says she believes Ensor didn't even know she was pregnant. "I'm going to bet money that she didn't know she was pregnant. And, what I think happened is, they got some of that crap, and they were in the basement and they were all zoned out, and she went into labor." Janet mentions that Ensor had a pretty rough childhood and that she was abandoned by her mom when she was just two-years-old. 

 



 

 

Janet took custody of Ensor after she was sexually abused as a child, adding that she has a history of getting into trouble and that she was living on the streets since she was eighteen. "It's just chaos, the poor little girl has gone through so much crap," said her aunt, according to CHCH News. Since Janet hasn't been able to speak with Ensor since her arrest, she is unsure about what exactly happened. However, the aunt was filled with a lot of regrets as she told the outlet that even though she has a lot of girls, Ensor was the youngest and also the one that she failed to save. 

 



 

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