By Jennifer Suckling, The Associated Press WriterNew construction paper flowers are becoming an everyday item in the Canadian capital.
But they’re a rare item in Alberta, where it’s illegal to bury baby babies.
The baby was found wrapped in paper flowers on Monday.
A search and rescue team found the lifeless body of a 7-month-old boy who was wrapped in a red paper flower and stuffed in a plastic bag on the outskirts of Edmonton.
He was the eighth infant in a string of three children buried in a cardboard box in the area of the city’s downtown.
The boy’s body was discovered about 3:30 a.m.
“We were shocked to find out that it was the first one that had been discovered,” said police spokeswoman Jennifer Tugwell.
The child was the fourth child buried in the cardboard box, Tugco said.
“There was another child who was buried with him,” Tugwe said.
The family of the baby had not yet been notified of the discovery, Togwell said.
Investigators say it’s unclear why the boy was buried, but they don’t know how long the infant was buried.
Tugwell said the infant’s parents have since filed a missing persons report.
Police say the search and recovery team was called to the scene.
They say they’ve spoken to a man who said he saw the boy with a man and a woman in Edmonton.
Police haven’t said whether the boy is alive.