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An infant baby boy between 24 and 48 hours old was found in a shredder at the Harold Rowley Recycling Center in Buena Vista County outside Storm Lake on May 30, 2002.

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“A Child of God” Baby Boy Doe

Homicide
Infant 24 hours old
Harold Rowley Recycling Center
Storm Lake, IA
Buena Vista County
Investigating Agency: Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office
May 30, 2002





An infant baby boy between 24 and 48 hours old was found in a shredder at the Harold Rowley Recycling Center in Buena Vista County outside Storm Lake on May 30, 2002.

Workers found the baby’s remains in the trash chute on the conveyor where recyclables were separated, and the infant’s body had been damaged by the shredder.

Storm Lake citizens dubbed this second abandoned infant “A Child of God.”

Buena Vista County in Iowa

Storm Lake in Buena Vista CountyStorm Lake in Buena Vista County
The county offered a reward for any information leading to the baby’s identity, but no one ever came forward.

Machine-dated time cards from 1990 and 1991 were found in the vicinity of the child, though officials later ruled them as unrelated to the baby boy.

Six years earlier, a two-day-old “Baby Doe” was found dead inside a closet at an abandoned Storm Lake mobile home. That case also remains open.

In a Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune article dated January 3, 2004, Sheriff Chuck Eddy said the ‘Child of God’ case was never far from his mind.

“It is still open and it will stay open. We have no leads to go on, but if someone can give us something to work with – anything – we will actively investigate it. We are still looking for answers,” Eddy said.

Officials took DNA samples from the infant before burial with hopes that a genetic profile could eventually be matched against a potential suspect.

“My personal feeling is that this was not a case of someone just passing through who decided to dump off a baby and drive away. I feel that this was a person who lived here, and very well may still live here,” Eddy told the Pilot-Tribune.

In a Storm Lake Pilot Tribune editorial dated May 5, 2016, the newspaper said:

I’m stunned. Baby drop-off boxes. Even animal shelters don’t have drop-off boxes – we couldn’t imagine treating an animal that way.

Have we really come to this point – when life is respected and valued so little that babies are to be cast off in a drive-up box?

“Baby Moses” or “Safe Haven” laws began to be put in place in the late 1990s. Iowa joined the movement in the wake of a 2001 case in eastern Iowa where a teenage mother killed her home-delivered infant. Safe Haven laws allow a parent to drop off an unwanted baby – usually up to two weeks or a month old – at designated locations. Depending on the state, these may include hospitals, fire stations, police stations, churches or with a 911 EMT). There are no questions, no repercussions.

Apparently that isn’t easy enough.

You can’t get much more anonymous than stuffing your newborn into a steel drive-by box. Full Story

No clue to the identity of either baby or their parents has ever been found, and all leads have long since been exhausted, the Pilot-Tribune reported in January 2004.

Information Needed
If you have any information about the identity of this child, please contact the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 749-2530.

Sources:
Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office
“Baby drop boxes? God help us.” The Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Thursday, May 5, 2016
“Reopening the Baby Doe scars,” Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune editorial, Thursday, October 20, 2005
“A Community guide to preventing CHILD ABUSE — Candlelight Vigil: Is enough being done in prevention?” by Dana Larsen, Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune Editor, Saturday, April 22, 2005
“Lost Baby Cases: Police, sheriff keep cold cases open, long for clues to infant identities,” The Storm Lake Pilot Tribune, April 22, 2005
“‘Still hope’ to solve tragic baby mysteries,” by Dana Larsen, The Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, January 3, 2004
“Baby Mysteries: Could two cases be connected?” by Dana Larsen, The Storm Lake Pilot Tribune, Saturday, January 3, 2004
“Storm Lake keeps memory of baby alive,” by Associated Press, The Quad-City Times, May 31, 2003
“Storm Lake divided as nation watches: Women are questioned and a debate rages as investigators search for leads on a dead baby,” by Staci Hupp, The Des Moines Register, Aug. 11, 2002
“Pursuit vs. privacy,” The Chicago Tribune, August 10, 2002
“Pilot Tribune Commentary: Planned Parenthood battle,” by Dana Larsen, The Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Saturday, July 6, 2002
“Baby Left at Recycling Center and Shredded; records sought from Planned Parenthood,” by Stacy Hupp, The Des Moines Register, July 3, 2002
“Investigators stumped on infant death,” The Storm Lake Times, June 8, 2002

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https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/baby-s-body-found-in-recycling-center-near-storm-lake/article_7eaa5747-7e52-5271-9919-5cca890caf5b.html

Baby's body found in recycling center near Storm Lake
Nate Tullis
Jun 1, 2002

he discovery of infant remains at a rural Storm Lake, Iowa, recycling center has left area authorities with many unanswered questions.

Buena Vista County Sheriff Chuck Eddy said the remains were discovered Thursday afternoon after they went through the mechanized recycling process. An employee at the Harrold Rowley Recycling Center, located southeast of Storm Lake, noticed a head of an infant and shut down the line.

"It was kind of at the end of the whole process where the stuff that goes to the compost pile gets separated from the stuff that goes to the landfill," Eddy said. "It just happened that one Dumpster was full and he was putting another one in when he could see the chute where the stuff comes out. He could see what looked like human remains or a head."

Investigators from the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office, Storm Lake Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are working on the case along with the Iowa State Medical Examiner.

On Friday afternoon, a report from the Iowa State Medical Examiner revealed the child was born 24 to 48 hours prior to its discovery at the recycling center. The infant was found to be a male with dark hair. The infant's race or ethnicity is not known, except that he was not black.

Due to the condition of the infant, a cause or manner of death has not been determined. More extensive tests are being performed by the medical examiner. The case is being investigated as a suspicious death, but a homicide investigation may ensue.

"It depends on what turns up," Eddy said. "We're interviewing people -- people at the hospitals, doctor's offices, schools, public health, Planned Parenthood, garbage services -- anything that we can think of to come up with some leads to get information on who possibly could have had this child and disposed of it."

The recycling center gets material every day from many different areas throughout the county, Eddy said. The general public can drop off recyclable material and it also serves communities such as Alta and Sioux Rapids. The origin of the remains remained a mystery Friday evening.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office at (712) 749-2530.

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