OCEAN CITY – Although authorities are being guarded with information because the investigation is ongoing, police confirmed this morning the bodies of three more children have been found at an Ocean City home.
No further information has been released on the children’s age, but at that same Sunset Avenue home police discovered a dead premature baby wrapped in a blanket late Thursday night.
Police were tipped off to the house after Ocean City resident Christy Freeman, 37, appeared at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was found to be pregnant but without a baby.
Freeman is a local taxicab operator with Classic Taxi who has made numerous appearances before the Ocean City Mayor and Council over the years.
Police received a search warrant for the house and found the infant baby immediately.
During the subsequent search of the home, authorities discovered a garbage bag hidden within a trunk, which was located in Freeman’s bedroom. She reportedly shares the house with her boyfriend and his children.
Inside the garbage bag were three smaller plastic garbage bags. Two contained infant human remains, and the other contained what investigators reported to be a placenta.
Later on Friday, police seized a small motor home located in the house’s driveway. A search of that home found another garbage bag containing infant human remains.
Freeman was to appear in Ocean City District Court this morning for a bond review.
Detectives are still actively investigating this case. A report from the Medical Examiner’s office on the first infant discovered is expected sometime this week.
Freeman was charged under the “viable fetus statute” which was enacted in 2005. Once the investigation has concluded and the Medical Examiner’s report is complete, the State’s Attorney’s Office is expected to convene the Grand Jury to examine this case.
Ocean City police continue to maintain custody of the crime scene on Sunset Drive regarding the Freeman case.
Investigators have still not completed their search of the property. They are still actively searching for additional evidence in this case.
The FBI’s Evidence Response Team has been brought in to assist with processing the scene. The grounds of the property have been prepared for excavation, which may take up to three days.
Police say they are utilizing every investigative tool available to locate any remaining evidence, including requesting security tapes from nearby businesses to determine whether any evidence was discarded before police searched the house.
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