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Baby’s body found in freezer after mother threatens suicide

HOMESTEAD, Fla. » Authorities say they found a baby boy dead in a freezer at a South Florida home following his mother’s suicide threats.

The Miami Herald reports that 37-year-old Paola Vargas-Ortiz remained under mental evaluation at a Miami hospital Wednesday.

Authorities say Vargas-Ortiz was poised to jump from the Seven Mile Bridge in the Keys Sunday afternoon when she told them that she had tossed her 4-month-old son in first. Wildlife officials and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a brief search before she changed her story.

After Monroe County deputies took Vargas-Ortiz into custody, officials say she told them the child was actually dead in a freezer. Homestead police went to the woman’s home and confirmed that the child’s body was there.

Medical examiners will determine a cause of death. No charges have been filed.

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