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Infant found dead inside N. Philly home, mother in custody

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police found a four-month-old boy dead inside a home in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood Saturday morning.

They’re calling the child’s death “suspicious.”

The infant’s mother was taken into police custody, but before that Joyce Rucker, who lives across the street, says she heard some commotion around 9am.

“I heard a lady coming outside yelling ‘my baby dead, my baby dead, my baby dead, oh my baby dead,’ Rucker told KYW Newsradio, “and she just was so hysterical. And I was like ‘oh my God’ and I told my husband ‘something is wrong,’ I said I hear a lady crying that her baby is dead.”

Not long after Rucker says officers arrived to the home on West Erie Avenue near 16th Street.

“And then when I found out how young the baby was, only four months, just very devastated,” added Rucker.

She says neighbors are “upset” right now. She calls this neighborhood tight-knit, but said she does not know the mother who was taken into custody and that the mother only moved into the home a few months ago.

Another neighbor told KYW Newsradio the same thing.

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