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Michigan woman charged with murder after newborn boys found 17 years ago in garbage near Chicago, prosecutors say

By Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — A traffic stop in suburban Oak Lawn led to the arrest of a woman who was charged with murdering her newborn twin sons more than 17 years ago, Cook County sheriff's police announced Saturday.

Antoinette Briley, 41, of Holland, Michigan, was charged Friday night with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of her sons, a Cook County sheriff's office statement said.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Briley held on $15,000 bond during a hearing Saturday afternoon from the Leighton Criminal Court Building, audio of which was broadcast live on YouTube.

"There was evidence of live birth," Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Dominique Marshall told the court.

On June 6, 2003, the victims were discovered by a Waste Management employee who was emptying trash bins in an alley in unincorporated Stickney Township.

As the remains were found in the trash, one of the babies' placentas was attached to the baby and another was found near the other infant "inside a black shoebox," Marshall said.


After Ortiz told Briley a public defender had been appointed to defend her, Briley said, "Yes, ma'am," with an audible sniffle, her voice cracking.

According to Marshall, Briley began to bleed and feel pain and cramping while alone at her grandparents' home, so she got into the shower to "ease the pain."

Moments later, while in the waterless bathtub, she began giving birth to the babies, Marshall said.

They started whimpering.


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