No charges in Massachusetts after four newborns were found frozen and wrapped in foil in home

In a shocking move, the Suffolk district attorney in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the investigation into the disturbing discovery of four newborns wrapped in aluminum foil in a freezer at a Boston woman's home “hidden their pregnancies.”

“This investigation, among the most complex, unusual and confusing this office has ever faced, is now complete. “While we have some answers, there are many elements of this case that will likely never be answered,” prosecutor Kevin Hayden said in a news release.

On the afternoon of November 17, 2022, Boston Police responded to a 911 call at a home regarding a possible baby that was in a freezer. According to officials, the call was later updated to indicate that there were multiple babies involved. The caller explained that he and his wife made the grisly discovery while cleaning out his sister's apartment in South Boston.

Investigators determined that the apartment was owned and occupied by 69-year-old Alexis Aldamir.


Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden released the final investigative report Tuesday into four babies found in a freezer at a South Boston apartment in November 2022 and announced the investigation would not result in charges. (Boston 25 News)

A total of four babies were discovered that day. Investigators said all four were frozen in shoeboxes wrapped in foil. Two were male and two female, and DNA testing showed they were all siblings. They were also believed to be between 37 and 40 weeks old.

The coroner reported that there was no scientific method to determine how long the babies were frozen. The autopsy revealed no signs of internal or external trauma and no evidence of obvious injuries. The report also noted that there were no traces of food, milk or formula in the babies' stomachs.

The coroner also noted that the cause of death for all of the babies was “undetermined” and that it could not be definitively determined whether the babies were born alive.

Investigators managed to locate Aldamir at a residential health facility and eventually obtained a court order to obtain a DNA sample. The results confirmed that she was the mother of the four babies.


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The grisly discovery was made while cleaning out a woman's apartment in South Boston. (Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)

Employees of Aldamir, who was employed at an accounting firm in Boston from March 1980 to October 2021, described her as a “burly woman who had a penchant for wearing loose-fitting clothing regardless of the season.” They also told investigators that they had no idea she was pregnant.

Additional DNA testing revealed that the father of all four babies had died in 2011 and that Aldamir had given birth to a baby girl in April 1982.

Investigators also found two transfer of parental rights forms, one from Aldamir and the other from the person believed to be the father of the four frozen babies.

During their investigation, officers discovered that Aldamir had five children with the same man and that they had given one of their children up for adoption. The other four were found dead in Aldamir's apartment in November 2022.

Investigators said they encountered several challenges in determining whether crimes could be proven.

In order to charge murder, investigators believe there must first be evidence that the victims are alive. There must also be a cause of death determined by the coroner.

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When investigators questioned Alexis Aldamir about what they found, she “appeared confused and showed no understanding of where she was and who she was talking to.” (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

In this case, investigators cannot prove that the babies ever lived, and there is no cause or cause of death.

Second, investigators said the autopsy found no signs of internal or external trauma to the babies and no evidence of obvious injuries.

Third: Since the father has now died, the investigators believe he cannot be accused of any crimes.

Finally, investigators said Aldamir's ability to stand trial was also questionable.

When Aldamir was later questioned about the babies found in her apartment, she “appeared confused and showed no understanding of where she was or who she was talking to,” investigators said.


“A prosecutor cannot, for ethical reasons, proceed with a case that it believes in good faith that it cannot bring to trial. Here based on the evidence obtained during the investigation, including the many unanswered questions about the cause of death of the four babies.” “Prosecutors have concluded that they cannot take this case to trial. Therefore, this investigation will not result in criminal charges,” Hayden concluded.

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