KEY POINTS

  • Authorities said the newborn twin boys suffered blunt force trauma before being found dead outside an apartment
  • The mother has yet to be located and identified despite a thorough investigation of the surrouding area
  • Police have increased the reward for any helpful tips to $10,000 from an initial $2,500

The deaths of two newborn babies found dead outside a Bronx apartment has been ruled a homicide by authorities.

The city medical examiner confirmed that the twin boys were beaten to death before being discovered on Nov. 9, 2020, behind 1460 College Ave. by the superintendent of an apartment building.

The naked infants were found wrapped in a brown paper bag. Early reports of the incident noted the twins could have been dropped from a window, News 12 Bronx reported. Both were discovered 12 hours after they were killed.

"It doesn't appear to be from a fall. It appears to either be a hit or purposely blunt force trauma," said Lt. William O'Toole, commander of the NYPD's Bronx Homicide Squad, the New York Daily News reported. 

Authorities on Thursday raised the reward offered for any information that can help with the investigation to $10,000 from an initial $2,500. Informants are encouraged to contact the police.

"Someone has to know something. So we're asking for the public's health," O'Toole said.

The police commander added authorities would like to speak with the mother and help her.

"We'd like to speak to her. What trauma or what situation she was in... she gave birth to these babies and someone threw them in the garbage. So we'd love to speak to the mother [and] help her, obviously, if she is in a desperate situation," O'Toole explained.

Police were unable to locate and identify the mother despite checking hospitals in the city, Westchester County and New Jersey. Attempts to gather information from all residents in the apartments and the neighboring buildings also did not yield any results.

No clues were also obtained from investigating the garbage area and checking video surveillance.

"People gave us their fingerprints, gave us their DNA, so I think it's kind of shocking that anybody would have a two full term babies thrown in the garbage in the neighborhoor," O'Toole said.

"The investigation is now a scientific investigation, where we turn to fingerprints and DNA to by analyzed in the lab," detective Brianna Constantino noted. "While that takes time, we're looking for the help of the public."

new-york-3018485_1920 Representation. Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for any helpful information that can help with the investigation. Photo: Pixabay