Winnipeg woman at centre of baby corpses mystery

Forensic examinations started Friday may reveal who gave birth to six babies whose corpses were discovered in a storage locker in the Canadian plains city of Winnipeg, and how they ended up there.

AFP| Last Updated: Oct 25, 2014, 01:43 AM IST

Winnipeg, Canada: Forensic examinations started Friday may reveal who gave birth to six babies whose corpses were discovered in a storage locker in the Canadian plains city of Winnipeg, and how they ended up there.

Andrea Giesbrecht, 40, was arrested and charged with concealing the bodies of the newborn children and breaching probation on Wednesday, two days after the gruesome discovery.

She reportedly said nothing during a first court appearance the following day and was remanded into custody until a next scheduled appearance before a judge on November 12.

U-Haul employees at the facility made the discovery at the start of the week while taking inventory of a delinquent storage locker.

A foul smell led them to the decomposing corpses.

Police called the find "disturbing" and "tragic beyond belief."

Initially they said four bodies had been recovered, but later updated the figure to six. 

The babies -- possibly newborns or fetuses -- had been placed in the storage locker between between March 7 and October 20, according to investigators.

Police said they spoke with "a number of individuals" before narrowing in on Giesbrecht, whose name was on the locker lease.

The coffee shop employee -- described in a court documents cited by the Winnipeg Free Press as an otherwise law-abiding "soccer mom" -- was picked up outside her home in the city`s Maples neighborhood.

She has volunteered widely, obtained a business certificate from a local college, has been married 17 years and has two teenaged sons -- "just another normal family," a neighbor told the local daily.

Local media reported Geisbrecht suffers from a gambling addiction and put her family in deep debt, which might explain her stashing the corpses for someone else in exchange for money.

"It`s a perplexing case. It requires a lot more investigation by the authorities and a vigorous defence," her lawyer Greg Brodsky told the Winnipeg Free Press. 

Constable Eric Hofley, meanwhile, said forensic examination and DNA tests should determine whether Giesbrecht is the mother of the deceased infants, and how they died.