On Tuesday afternoon, Roseville’s Saugstad park is a place full of smiles, but it is also a place full of secrets.
The identity of the mother who abandoned her dead daughter in the park’s back corner is still unknown – two months after her baby was found.
“The discovery could have happened within three days of the actual birth itself,” said Detective Sergeant Darin DeFreece of the Roseville Police Department.
Homeless campers who used to frequent the area have been questioned at length about the baby found in a Huggies’ diaper box July 8.
“We’ve talked to pretty much every single homeless person in that area and got a lot of tips initially, and that was great. We’ve gone through all those tips and discounted the majority of them,” DeFreece said.
Now with witness recollections and new leads fading, detectives are waiting on the incontrovertible to point them in a new direction.
Final toxicology reports and the DNA test results that may tie the infant to someone in California’s criminal databases are still months away.
One item found with the baby may unlock the whole case.
“I know the baby was wrapped up in like a small little blanket,” said DeFreece.
Investigators won’t say if that blanket was from a hospital or someone’s home, but it will have its own story to tell.
As for now, detectives are happy the baby’s story won’t end with abandonment. Thanks to a planned public memorial, the next chapter will be a show of love from people who never got to meet her.
“Nobody should he buried outside in an unmarked grave,” said DeFreece.
That memorial will happen at 10a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the new Auburn Public Cemetery.
The newborn in this case still had her umbilical cord attached when she was found by park maintenance workers.
If you know anything about who left her in Saugstad park, you’re asked to call Roseville Police.