Park lagoon drained as part of search for child’s remains

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CHICAGO — Chicago police have begun draining the lagoon where a toddler's head, feet and hands were discovered in an effort to find more remains and other evidence.

Police placed a dam between the east and west sides of the lagoon and have been draining the west side of the lagoon since 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A couple of million gallons of water are being pumped from the lagoon into the sewer system. The rest of the search is expected to take another couple of days.

In the meantime, residents held a small prayer vigil to honor the life of the child and the officers who are working to determine the child's identify.

Those officers have been searching since Saturday when someone called 911 to report a foot floating in the lagoon. Police divers found the other foot along with the head, hands and a 20-pound weight.

The Cook County Medical Examine has only determined that the victim was “most likely” an African-American between the ages of 18 months and 4-years-old, with the best estimate being 2-3 years old. The hair was short and curly.  The child had brown eyes and the earlobes were not pierced,  “suggesting the child may be male, but female gender cannot be ruled out at present.”

Chicago police have taken DNA samples, fingerprints and footprints.

The body parts were “badly decomposed.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 312-744-8261.