Police plan funeral for newborn found in Chicago Ridge
The newborn boy found dead early May 1 at a recycling plant in Chicago Ridge has been given a name, will be given a funeral and will be buried, Chicago Ridge Police Chief Robert Pyznarski said Tuesday.
The boy has been named Jeremiah Michael. The names have special meaning given the circumstances.
“Michael is the patron saint of police, and Jeremiah means ‘God will set you free,’ ” said Donna Betsanes, administrative assistant to the police chief.
The baby was not carried to full term, but could have survived if given the proper medical care after birth, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said last week. The cause of death has not been determined.
The baby’s body was found about 4 a.m. May 1 in a soft cooler by a worker at Resource Management Cos., 10111 Andersen Ave.
It was found among refuse with addresses in Waukegan, which leads to speculation it may have been born there, Pyznarski said. But items were also collected in North Chicago and Pleasant Prairie, Wis., he said, and the investigation continues.
A group that offers to pay for burials of the poor is talking with the police about providing a burial for the baby, Betsanes said.
The Rev. Ken Carlson, former pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge Roman Catholic Church in Chicago Ridge, has agreed to officiate the funeral, Betsanes said.