Authorities in Colorado have arrested a 23-year-old mother after her newborn baby was found dead in the yard of a home.
As the New York Post reported, police say the umbilical cord was still attached to the young victim.
Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the Highlands Ranch residence Tuesday evening after being dispatched to a 911 report of an apparent dead child.
Initial reports did not include a suspected cause or manner of death, though officials say Camille Wasinger-Konrad was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.
According to WMGH, the suspect rented a room in a residence on the same block in which her daughter’s body was found.
The Douglas County Coroner’s Office is working in coordination with local law enforcement to determine how the infant died.
Wasinger-Konrad was jailed without bond at the Douglas County Detention Center. Her next court appearance is set for next week.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock used the opportunity to remind locals about the state’s so-called safe haven law, which protects parents from prosecution if they leave their unharmed newborn child at a permitted location — any hospital or fire station — within three days of birth.
A teen in nearby Denver was arrested several months ago on suspicion of fatally suffocating her newborn daughter by lodging a rock in her throat following a home birth, as the Denver Post reported.
Alaya Dotson, 16, is also facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the death, which investigators believe occurred on the day the victim was born, Sept. 8.
[Featured image: Camille Wasinger-Konrad/Douglas County Sheriff’s Office]