ST. LOUIS ( – An infant was found dead in a freezer in south St. Louis over the weekend.

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The man tells News 4 he opened a box that had been in the freezer for as long as he could remember - at least 20 years.

Police said they were called to the home in the 6000 block of Magnolia just before 1 a.m. Sunday for a “suspicious death." While police have not released any further information, a St. Louis man told News 4 he was cleaning out the freezer at his mother's home after she recently died.

Adam Smith told News 4 he opened a box that had been in the freezer for as long as he could remember, at least 20 years, and found the baby wrapped in a pink blanket.

“Who does this? Who absolutely keeps their own child in a box for this long and never talks about,” said Smith.

Smith talked with News 4. Watch our story here.

Smith said he made the discovery after having a conversation about what was in the mysterious box with a family member. He said he was discussing what to do with his mother’s items after she passed away a week ago from cancer.

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The man found the baby wrapped in a pink blanket.

“This box has been in every freezer, in every home that we lived in for my entire life,” Smith said.

He said his mother Barbara never wanted to talk about what was in the box but Smith always wondered what was inside.

“I grabbed the leg and I pulled it up, and I sort of unraveled and I could see the baby’s head, with hair,” he said.

Smith said he then immediately called police and spoke with detectives.

“The head homicide guy was stumped, he literally looked at me and said, ‘this is a good one,’” said Smith.

Smith told News 4 while police investigate he’s searching for answers.

“I can’t help it to think she might have done something to it,” he said. “I may never get any closure because my mom’s gone.”

An autopsy is being conducted to determine a cause of death.

Anyone with information is being urged to call the Homicide Division at 314-444-5371 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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