A 23-year-old Colorado woman faces first-degree murder charges after authorities accused her of killing her own newborn baby. The lifeless baby was found dead by police officers in the backyard of Highlands ranch. The umbilical cord was still attached to the body of the baby.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 9:48 p.m. last Tuesday, reporting what witnesses said to be a dead infant's body. Police started the investigation. The detectives recovered the dead body of the newborn, which was to be investigated for the cause of death.
Camille Wasinger-Konrad was identified as the main suspect in the murder case. At the time, she was found to be residing in a rental home on the same block where the newborn was left to die. The Denver Post reports that Wasinger-Konrad was taken into custody and held at Douglas County Detention Center without bond. Baby’s gender is not announced.
Wasinger-Konrad has not entered a plea. She will appear in court on Jan. 9. The magazine did not mention if she had retained legal counsel who could answer the questions on her behalf.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released a statement, reminding the public that according to the Colorado Safe Haven Law, any parent can hand over their up to 72-hours-old baby to an employee of a fire station or hospital staff without being questioned. Thus, if the baby is safe and sound, the parents are not subject to be prosecuted for abandonment.