A newborn baby, dead for three to four days, was discovered by a parks and recreation crew Monday at Saugstad Park in Roseville.
Police say the newborn had been wrapped in bags, stuffed in a diaper box and tossed into some bushes out of plain sight.
“You actually had to kind of be in the bushes to actually find the baby, so that’s why it probably took the cleanup crew to actually find the baby,” said Roseville Detective Sergeant Darin DeFreece.
DeFreece says until they get a solid reason to why this happening they will treat this case as a homicide.
Mothers at the park Monday were shocked by the discovery.
“It worries me that someone is in this area that’s that heartless and cares that little. There’s no respect even if she was gone before they put her in a little box but how could you just do that and walk away?” said Kylee Small.
“She must have been very troubled. There must have been something – you know, she just didn’t have the help she needed,” added Michelle Hurst.
A safe place for the newborn, a fire station, is less than two football fields away from the park.
“It’s a bummer. We have our own little girl here and I could never imagine wanting to do to any child and there’s so any opportunities to give up their child. This is not the way to do it,” said Jason Hurst.
Roseville Police say they need the mother to step forward to explain what happened.
“I don’t want to tell the story for her. I’d rather her tell us the story and give us the explanation on why this occurred,” said DeFreece.
Police say should the mother not step forward, they can still find her through DNA evidence which is so detailed now they can link the baby to the newborn’s family members on either side. The race, age and sex of the baby have not been determined yet.