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Bodies of Mom, Toddler Found in Dumpster Near Their Home South of Boston

The body was found in dumpster that was removed from this lot (CBS/WBZ/Carl Stevens)
Bodies of Mom, Toddler Found in Dumpster Near Their Mass. Home
The body was found in dumpster that was removed from this lot (CBS/WBZ/Carl Stevens)

(CBS/WBZ/AP) The bodies of a woman and her 2-year-old son have been found dumped in a trash container near their Massachusetts home.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, police confirmed they found the bodies of Maria Avelina Palaguachia-Cela and her son, Brian, CBS affiliate WBZ reports.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz says the 25-year-old mother's body was found inside a duffel bag after police received an anonymous telephone call Sunday night. He says the toddler's body was nearby.

He describes a "terrible crime scene" near the family's home in Brockton, a city of about 100,000 residents south of Boston.

"This was not a random act, " Cruz said at the news conference. "Neighbors should not be worried. We're focusing on one individual right now."

Cruz would not call the mother's boyfriend a suspect, only saying that the investigation is active.

According to WBZ, Palaguacha-Cela had immigrated to the United States. She was last seen alive Thursday at her home.

Investigators say they don't know when the bodies were dumped. They have questioned several people but have made no arrests.