The FBI was called in to investigate the death of a newborn baby aboard a Carnival cruise ship this Saturday. The baby was found aboard the Carnival Dream ship in a guest room by a crewmember on Wednesday. The ship was docked in St. Maarten when the discovery was made and Carnival personnel reported the baby’s death to Dutch authorities.
Dutch authorities took custody of the baby’s body and subsequently interviewed the baby’s twenty-year-old mother, who was an American passenger. She was held in St. Maarten, but is expected to return to the United States within the next day or so. The FBI’s Evidence Response team was called in on Saturday when the ship returned to Port Canaveral in Florida. FBI agents searched guest cabins and interviewed both crewmembers and passengers.
The investigation is ongoing. FBI agent Couvertier stated, “due to the international and jurisdictional aspects involved with this incident, we are still working in obtaining facts and specific details. No one has been charged as we are still working on obtaining facts and gathering any available evidence. As a result, no information has been released regarding any suspect at this time.” The FBI is still coordinating with Dutch authorities, but has staid that Carnival Cruise Lines has been “fully cooperative” in this investigation.
FBI: Dead newborn found in cruise ship cabin, www.cnn.com October 16, 2011.
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