RIVERSIDE – The remains of a newborn baby were located in Riverside Thursday night. The remains were discovered after a homeless woman gave birth to a baby at a hospital in the City of Riverside on Wednesday. The Riverside Police Department, as well as Child Protective Services (CPS), responded to the hospital.
During the interview with CPS workers, the woman told them that she had given birth to a premature baby about one year prior at a homeless camp near the Santa Ana river bottom. She explained that the baby died at birth or shortly after. She went on to tell the CPS workers that she and the father of the child buried the deceased baby nearby. The woman was discharged from the hospital and the newborn was taken into CPS custody. Authorities said that the mother and father were provided with assistance resources while the investigation continues.
On Thursday, January 5, 2017, Detectives from the Sexual Assault – Child Abuse Unit located the mother of the baby. They also located the approximate location of the buried baby, which was in a field in the 5800 block of Central Avenue behind the Riverside Municipal Airport. The Riverside Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue canine responded to the scene and the remains of the small baby were located at around 11:00 p.m.
The coroners will determine the cause of the newborn baby’s death. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information, please contact Detective Paul Miranda at (951) 353-7945 or Detective Karla Beler at (951) 353-7125.
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