A Missouri city official apologized after two selfies were taken of police officers near an area where an infant’s body was discovered on Thursday in a wooded area.
Officers with the Columbia Police Department, about 120 miles west of St. Louis, were in the photos taken on “national CityHallSelfie Day,” wanted to honor government service, said Steven Sapp, Columbia community relations director.
The body of the infant was found Thursday morning after police came to know about possible human remains in northern Columbia, authorities said in a statement.
“We understand that this was not an ideal situation or location for these types of pictures to be taken and we sincerely apologize to our community, on behalf of the unknown infant child, and to the Columbia Police Department,” Sapp said in a statement Friday.
The photos were taken in an area outside where the remains were found and after the scene was cleared, Sapp said. The officers are smiling in the picture, which was posted to the police Twitter account and later removed.
Sapp said he takes full responsibility and that the appropriate measures have been taken to ensure an incident like it is not repeated.