In October of 2014, staff at a U-Haul storage facility had begun to sort through items contained in one of the storage lockers after a tenant had defaulted on their payment. Inside the unit were at least half a dozen plastic storage bins. The staff tasked with sorting through the unit’s contents opened one of these bins and were instantly met with a powerful stench. It was then they had learned that the former tenant, Andrea Giesbrecht, had used the facility to store the corpses of six newborn babies.
Giesbrecht was arrested within that same week and charged with six counts of concealing a child’s body, in addition to a violation of her probation order stemming from an incident involving fraud.
After Griesbrecht’s arrest, it was discovered that all of the babies found at the locker had been Griesbrecht’s biological children. Prosecutors alleged that Griesbrecht had concealed her pregnancies, delivered the children in secret, and then placed them into the storage locker.
According to Griesbrecht’s attorney, the children had all been stillborn and they were placed in the storage locker as a sort of makeshift mausoleum. Blankets and other baby items were also housed in the bins along with the babies. Griesbrecht’s defense argued that this supports their argument that the children were placed into the storage locker as a way to “save them.”
During these pregnancies, Griesbrecht made no attempt to consult a doctor and it is believed that all of these children were delivered in her home, before being taken to the storage unit. This storage unit had been registered under Griesbrecht’s maiden name and had a false address listed. The judge presiding over the case also pointed out that by defaulting on the payment for the storage locker, Griesbrecht failed to “save” these children, as the defense had claimed.
“It is clear not only that Giesbrecht concealed each of these six pregnancies, but her actions of secrecy and concealment after each child was delivered are only consistent with an intention to conceal the fact that she was delivered of each of these children.”
Due to the state of decomposition, medical examiners could not determine whether or not the children had been born alive. Griesbrecht was found guilty of all six charges of concealing infant remains. She is currently awaiting sentencing. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of two years.