ROSEVILLE, Calif. - A city of Roseville parks and recreation employee made a sad discovery at Saugstad Park Monday morning.
Det. Sgt. Darin A. DeFreece of the Roseville Police Department said the worker discovered a dead newborn baby at approximately 7:50 a.m. The newborn was wrapped in bags, placed in a diaper box and left in the bushes off the bike trail.
Tuesday, the Placer County coroner determined the child was a girl, born full term or nearly full term. The cause of death had not yet been determined.
It was uncertain why the infant was placed in the bushes, DeFreece said.
"This is a homicide investigation at this point until we find out a reasonable explanation of why this occurred," said DeFreece.
Police plan to use DNA testing to try to find the baby's relatives.
Anyone with information about the incident, or knowing of someone who may have been pregnant but is no longer pregnant and does not have a child with her was asked to contact the Roseville Police Department Investigations Division at (916) 774-5070.
DeFreece reminded individuals the Safe Surrender Baby Law (also known as the Safe Haven Law or Newborn Abandonment Law) has been in effect since Jan. 1, 2001.
"The purpose of the law is to protect babies from being hurt or killed because they were abandoned. The law allows a parent or legal guardian to confidentially surrender an infant, three days old or younger, to any designated Safe Surrender facility. As long as the baby has not been abused or neglected, the person may surrender the baby without fear of arrest or prosecution for child abandonment. All Roseville fire stations have been designated as safe surrender facilities," said DeFreece.