WINNIPEG – The pathologist who did the autopsies on the remains of six dead infants found in a storage locker testified that most were at or near full-term, but it’s impossible to say whether they were stillborn or not.
Andrea Giesbrecht is accused of concealing the remains of the infants in a storage facility in 2014. She is not accused of harming them.
Dr. Raymond Rivera took the court through the autopsies he did on the remains of all six infants, with the assistance of some other pathologists.
One by one, he went through the state of the remains and the examinations he could and could not do based on the various degrees of decomposition.
He said that in each case, he found no signs that the infants were alive after they were born, but because of decomposition, could not determine with certainty whether or not they were born alive.
Rivera testified that three of the infants were boys and one was a girl. The others were too decomposed to tell.
He said while it was difficult to pinpoint the exact age of the infants, most were estimated to be at or close to full-term.