No Dead Baby; Just Coconuts

Officer startled by fuzzy "head" in trash can

By Zach Christman
|  Sunday, Nov 8, 2009  |  Updated 2:13 PM CDT
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Think twice before tossing your coconuts in here, please and thank you.

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Don't worry, people.  That's not a dead baby in that garbage can; it's just a bag of coconuts.

That's what police are saying after a woman called in to report a baby's body in a trash can in a Southwest Side alley.  Officers showed up to investigate the find in the 5200 block of South Kostner around 9:20 a.m. Sunday.

After some investigation, police realized it wasn't a baby after all, but probably the remnants of a Halloween prank -- and what looked like the fuzzy head of an infant was, in fact, a fuzzy coconut.

Police said they aren't yet sure if the woman was confused by what she saw, or was trying to trick police.

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