Rita Rich, 92, was 10 when a body was hidden in her
home. She has her theories about who he was
Sep 24, 2007 04:30 AM
Rita Rich was 10 years old in 1925 when someone buried a newborn baby beneath the floorboards of the house where she lived with her father and her aunt and uncle, at 29 Kintyre Ave. in Toronto.
She was as shocked as anyone to learn, 82 years after the fact, that she had lived for years with the remains of an infant boy beneath her feet. His mummified corpse was discovered by a renovator working on the house in July. The baby was curled in the fetal position and wrapped in a comforter and a Mail and Empire newspaper dated Sept. 15, 1925.
"It just struck me as something out of this world," says Rich, now 92 and living in Medina, an Erie Canal village in Western New York state. "I wondered how it could happen and I wouldn't know it."
An autopsy concluded the infant had no broken bones or evidence of other injuries. Testing on the air sacs in his lungs revealed that he was likely born alive, although the findings were not conclusive, according to Toronto Deputy Chief Coroner Dr. Jim Cairns. No cause of death could be established.