CHICAGO (CBS) — Police began draining the lagoon at Garfield Park as investigators continue their probe of the death of a child whose body parts were found there over the weekend.
Saturday evening, a child’s foot was found in the lagoon in the 200 block of North McCrea Drive, prompting a search of the park. Investigators later found a severed head and other body parts, as well as a weight used to sink the evidence. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has said the body parts are from an African American or mixed race child between the ages of 2 and 3 years.
The child most likely had short, curly black hair, brown eyes and the earlobes, suggesting the child might be a boy the medical examiner says, but it can’t be ruled out that the child was a girl.
DNA samples have been submitted and a dental consultation has taken place, according to a joint statement from the medical examiner and Chicago police. Fingerprints and footprints have been taken by police.
Chicago police said the city’s Water Department started draining the lagoon Tuesday morning.
“The Department of Water Management is assisting police in their investigation by draining the west side of the Garfield Park Lagoon,” the Police Office of News Affairs said in an email.
Water is being pumped into sewers on Hamlin Boulevard, which are closed to traffic between Lake Street and Washington Boulevard, police said.
“Once the draining work and investigation is complete, the temporary dam will be removed to allow the water to flow to the west side of the lagoon,” police said. Future rain water will refill the lagoon to its regular level.”
It should take between two to three days to drain the lagoon, police said.