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HPD reopens 4 cases involving dead babies that went cold between 1981 and 2005

Four cases -- spanning from 1981 and 2005 -- have been reopened by the Houston Police Department.

HOUSTON — Investigators at the Houston Police Department are hoping to shed light on a few heartbreaking cold cases involving unidentified babies.

Detectives are hoping new technology, like genealogy, will help give the babies names.


The first case that's being reopened is from the 80s. A baby was found dead on Evans Street in southeast Houston.


Another case that's being re-examined is from the 90s. A baby was found dead on Cavalcade Street in north Houston in 1994.


HPD Sgt. Richard Rodriguez leads the cold case squad in a case from 2002. A baby was found on Blueridge Road in Missouri City. A red blanket was found in the ditch with the baby.

At the time, the area was a dumping ground but two things from the crime scene caught Rodriguez's eye: a red blanket and a medical drug tote bag.

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"So, when you think about what kind of case you want to work, you think about the type of victim you have – it’s this type of victim you want to go the extra mile and try to do something with," Rodriguez said. "What’s more innocent than a dead baby? What’s more innocent than a child? They haven’t had the chance to live life yet."


The fourth case is from after the turn of the millennium. In 2005, a baby was found dead on North Main Street in north Houston.

The investigations

Rodriguez said it appears as if the babies were unwanted and discarded like trash.

"You never know what someone was going through at the time, obviously, it was an unwanted childbirth. Even so, with these babies being born, they deserve to live," Rodriguez said.

Investigators are hoping that someone will recognize something -- the red blanket, the bag or maybe even the memory of one of the babies.

In the meantime, authorities are using DNA and genealogy to find the parents.

"Now that we have that, I think it’s time for these babies to get the justice that’s deserved for them," Rodriguez said.

The medical examiner classified each of the cases as homicides, which allows them to charge someone with murder if that's where the investigation leads them.

If anyone has any information on these cases, they are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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