Mom Arrested After Police Find Baby Dead In Backyard With Umbilical Cord Still Attached

Her grandfather told the media that she recently looked pregnant, but denied it.

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. 

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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]

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