Who Is Baby Doe? Unidentified Dead Toddler Is A Mystery

Millions of people are intrigued by the story of Baby Doe, a young toddler who was recently found deceased in a garbage bag. The Mining Journal reports that a generated image of the little girl has gone viral on social media — in particular, on Facebook. The image depicts a 4-year-old little girl with long brown hair and eyes of the same hue. Her haunting face remains a frequently shared image on Facebook, even though it’s been nearly a month since the gruesome discovery of her body was made.

Baby Doe’s body was discovered on June 25 when a Massachusetts woman was walking her dog near the shores of Deer Island. Deseret News reports that the unidentified body was found stuffed in a trash bag. She was wearing polka-dotted leggings and was wrapped in a zebra-print blanket. A cause of death hasn’t been released in the deceased tot’s case.

Authorities in Boston have their work cut out for them. That’s because nobody has reported a child missing that matches the description of Baby Doe. That indicates that the parents are either unaware of the disappearance and death of their daughter, or it could indicate something far more serious. Authorities insinuated this when Suffolk DA Daniel Conley recently appealed to the girl’s parents.

“Please step forward, clear your conscience and help us identify this young child.”

At the time of discovery, the little girl’s body had only gone through a reported “modest” amount of decomposition. Authorities could not tell how long she’d been dead, nor are they sure of where she came from — i.e. whether she’s from Massachusetts or another state. It’s also unknown as to whether the garbage bag washed ashore or if it was dumped in the location where it was discovered.

The discovery of Baby Doe is quite similar to the discovery of “The Boy in the Box” — an historic cold case out of Philadelphia. Back in 1957 the body of a boy aged four to six years was found on the side of a rural road. His body was wrapped in a plaid blanket and stuffed into a cardboard J.C. Penney bassinet box. No children matching the boy’s description had been reported missing at the time, and nobody ever came forward to claim the lad as their own. Numerous theories and avenues of speculation have existed over the course of nearly 60 years, but none have ever panned out due to no evidence existing.

The identity of Philly’s boy in the box may never be known, but will authorities in Massachusetts be able to figure out who Baby Doe really is?

[Photo: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]