Rest In His Arms Babies
It all started with a newspaper article. Just two small paragraphs on the third page of the Tribune Metro section . . . a baby's body had been found in a local landfill. After crying for the child, we knew we had to do something. We felt compelled to take action. We worked with the local coroner's office to provide the child, a newborn boy, with a funeral and burial. We find solace in knowing that at least in death, he would be loved. We named him Michael - "he who is like God" and left him with a blue teddy bear and a lullaby.
September 23, 2005
Baby Michael Gerard laid to rest at Avon Memorial Cemetery in Grayslake, IL. Michael was found dead in a land fill in Grayslake, IL and was thought to have been born in August 2005. His identity and that of his parents is unknown. Rest in His Arms named him Michael meaning “Gift from God” after the great Archangel and Gerard after St. Gerard Majella.
November 18, 2005
Baby David was laid to rest at the Highland Memorial Cemetery in Grayslake, IL. It is believed that David was the first baby illegally abandoned and left to die the day after the implementation of the Safe Haven law in Illinois. David was found in a dumpster behind a Dominick's grocery store in Round Lake, IL in August of 2001. His tiny body remained with the Coroner's office until he was laid to rest in 2005. Rest in His Arms named him David meaning “Beloved One.”
November 18, 2005
Baby Rosa was also laid to rest at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Grayslake, IL. Born in 2002 and just hours old, Baby Rosa's mother left her alone to die wrapped in plastic garbage bags inside of a closet in an apartment. Her mother was found and charged with this crime. Rest in His Arms named her Rosa to honor her heritage and because she was as beautiful as a rose.
January 12, 2006
Baby Girl Morales was buried at Wheaton Community Cemetery in Wheaton, IL. She was born in 2005 while her mother was at work. She was left in a trash can and died alone. Her mother has been charged with the crime and the child is left without a first name at her extended family's request.
April 12, 2006
Baby Theresa Anne was buried in a private cemetery in northern Indiana. Born in January 2006, Baby Theresa Anne was found dead left in a dumpster behind a Blockbuster Video store in Streamwood, IL. Rest in His Arms named her after St. Theresa and St. Anne.
October 26, 2006
Baby Kinzie Marie is buried at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Baby Kinzie made news headlines in Chicago on July 21, 2006 - the day she was found in a burning bag under a train viaduct near the 4600 block of Kinzie Avenue. Named "Kinzie" by the people who discovered her with “Marie” added by Rest in His Arms, this little baby's life was celebrated with a funeral Mass at St. Martin de Porres Church - in the community where she was found.
December 13, 2006
Baby Lexi Elizabeth was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Lexi was found dead wrapped in plastic on top of a garbage can on September 13, 2006 in the 2800 block of West Lexington Street. She was named “Lexi” by investigators after the location where she was found. The middle name “Elizabeth” was added by Rest in His Arms because the name means “Entrusted to God” and surely this sweet, innocent baby is just that. Her funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago.
February 10, 2007
Baby Hope Brown was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Baby Hope was found dead on the day of Kinzie’s funeral - October 26, 2006 - when her 14 year-old mother placed her in a garbage can outside her home in Sauk Village. No family came forward to claim the child for burial. Rest in His Arms worked closely with detectives on the case and it was their police Chief who named the baby girl “Hope” in recognition that there are people who do the right things and bring hope to the world.
October 15, 2007
Atcel, “The Naperville Boy”
This little boy was laid to rest at Assumption Cemetery in Winfield, IL. This unknown child was discovered in a gym bag thrown off the interstate in Naperville in 2005 and was believed to be between 3 and 5 years old. His body was too decomposed to be identified. In 2011, thanks to DNA and his sister’s story, this child was identified to be Atcel, a little boy almost 3 years old who had been murdered by his father.
February 22, 2008
Johnita Monique was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL after having not been claimed from the Cook County Medical Examiner's office for more than 6 months. She was born and died on August 4, 2007.
April 23, 2008
Baby Angel was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Angel died December 1, 2007 during childbirth.
May 29, 2008
Baby Gabriel was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Gabriel was born prematurely with a host of physical and mental impairments and lived his short life in a nursing home. He passed away at the age of 23 months on Friday, March 21, 2008 -- Good Friday.
September 19, 2008
Baby Thomas was laid to rest at All Saints cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Thomas was found in April of 2008 in Hillside, IL by a man walking his dog. He was named Thomas by a member of the Cook County Sherriff’s Police who found him.
September 19, 2008
Baby Andreas was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL after no one claimed him at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Andreas died on June 22, 2008 and it was reported that his mother fled to Romania.
September 19, 2008
Baby Jasmine & Baby Jalin, fraternal twin newborns, were laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Both were born and died in July 2008.
May 22, 2009
Vansh, 3 years old, was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Vansh’s life was tragically cut short when his grandfather set a fire in December 2007 that killed his pregnant daughter, son-in-law and Vansh because he disapproved of the daughter’s marriage.
June 9, 2009
Ajanni Brooks, was laid to rest at Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park, IL. He had been named by his biological family.
May 16, 2013
Baby Jeremiah Michael was a newborn whose body was found inside a cooler at a recycling plant in Chicago Ridge, IL. Rest in His Arms asked Chicago Ridge police and detectives who worked the case to name him and they chose Jeremiah because it means “God will set him free” and added Michael as a middle name meaning “Gift from God.” He was laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre cemetery in Alsip, IL.
September 24, 2013
Group funeral for seven babies, all were laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL.
Baby Jacoby, was born April 9, 2010 and died on January 24, 2011.
Baby Grayson McGee, was born prematurely and died on June 14, 2012.
Baby Kevin Lavon, was born and died on July 8, 2012.
Baby Aden Manuel, was born November 18, 2012 and died the same day. He was named by his family.
Baby Zachary Lucas, was born at home on January 1, 2012 in Country Club Hills. His mother wrapped him in a pair of blue jeans and left him to die alone. Rest in his Arms named the infant Zachary meaning “remembered by God” and Lucas meaning “bringer of light.”
Baby Jaden, was born January 11, 2013 and he died just a few days later on January 19 after complications of severe birth defects.
Baby Catherine Grace was born prematurely on August 18, 2012 and died the same day. Rest in His Arms named her Catherine after St. Catherine of Siena whose name means “pure and innocent” and Grace meaning “a gift from God.”
April 11, 2014
Baby Za’Neephiuce was born on August 31, 2013 and died on November 23, 2013. He was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL.
July 31, 2014
Baby Mya Gianna Edwards was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington, IL. Born May 10, 2013 and at 7 months old, Mya was starved to death by her parents and died January 8, 2014.
June 19, 2015
Baby Angel Antonio was a full term baby boy who was left in a plastic shopping bag in a gangway between homes in Chicago on April 19, 2014. He was named Antonio meaning “priceless” by Rest in His Arms and his biological grandparents named him Angel. His mother was a high school student who was arrested for the baby’s homicide. His funeral Mass was held at St. Hyacinth's Basilica in Chicago and he was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL.
July 19, 2016
Baby Joshua Immanuel was born on February 9, 2016 and died on March 29, 2016. His body had been left unclaimed at the morgue so we claimed him and named him. Joshua means "God saves" and Immanuel is "God is with us." After his funeral Mass at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove, he was buried at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL.
October 4, 2016
Baby Jazlene Branham was born on April 3, 2016 and died on May 20, 2016 from sepsis and strep infections. Her family never claimed her from the morgue, so we did and gave her a funeral Mass at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove followed by burial at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL.
February 1, 2017
Baby Emmanuel Akorede Oluwasey Noibi was a little boy born on November 9, 2015 and found unresponsive in a home-based daycare in Chicago on November 30, 2016. In the Nigerian language of Yoruba, his middle name Oluwasey means "God made this" and certainly God did create this precious boy. His funeral Mass was held at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove followed by burial at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL. Fr. Damasus, a Nigerian priest fo the Archdiocese of Chicago, was concelebrating and able to sing the final commendation in Baby Emmanuel's native language.
September 13, 2017
Baby Mariam Jane Uddin was the child thrown from an 8th floor apartment window in Chicago's uptown neighborhood on November 11, 2015. She died about 90 minutes later in the early hours of Nov. 12, 2015 after having endured unspeakable injuries from the fall. Her family heritage is Pakistani so we named her Mariam after the Virgin Mary and also because it honors her heritage.
September 13, 2017
Baby Ariyah Mikayla was an infant found in a shed in Dolton, IL on June 7, 2017. She was named by the people who found her. Her case is still an open investigation.
Rest in His Arms has also assisted with or advised on the funerals of Baby Madeline Ann, Baby Bradley, Baby Monique Mary, Baby Crystal, Baby Harper, Baby Noah, and Baby Hope as well as with numerous children outside the State of Illinois.