The body of a dead infant, with its umbilical cord still attached, was discovered in a backyard. The naked newborn’s remains were discovered on Tuesday behind a home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, according to the Denver Post.
The alleged mother, Camille Wasinger-Konrad, 23, was arrested on first-degree murder charges. She was renting out a room in the area where the baby was found, according to the Denver Channel. A witness called police after making the horrendous discovery. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined.
Wasinger-Konrad is being held without bond. It is unclear at this time if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf. Her grandfather told 9 News that in recent months, she looked pregnant and had rapidly gained weight, but when he allegedly confronted Wasinger-Konrad about the possibility of her being pregnant, she denied it.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock stated in a news release that situations like this do not have to happen. He wrote that Colorado has a safe haven law, which means that a parent can drop off a baby at any fire station or hospital within three days of that child being born. In doing so, no questions will be asked as long as the newborn is unharmed.
Linda Prudhomme, executive director of Colorado Safe Haven for Newborns, told 9 News, "It is heartbreaking to learn of a dead baby. This is exactly the situation that the safe haven law was enacted to prevent. [...] We don't know the circumstances of this mother and the baby, but we do know other newborns have been saved by this law. It didn't have to happen."
[Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Office]