A Highlands Ranch mother was taken into custody after a deceased infant was found in her backyard the night of Jan. 2, according to a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Douglas Regional Dispatch received reports of what a citizen believed to be a lifeless infant left in her backyard, located in the 500-block of Longfellow Lane, at 9:48 p.m. on Jan. 2, the release says. The baby still had the umbilical cord attached.
Camille Wasinger-Konrad, 23, was taken into custody and is being held without bond in the Douglas County Detention Center. She is being charged with murder in the first degree.
The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Douglas County Coroner's Office. The investigation is open and active.
Wasinger-Konrad is originally from Durango and has worked at King Soopers in Highlands Ranch since June 2017, according to her Facebook page.
The sheriff's office wants to remind the community of the Colorado Safe Haven Law. Passed in 2000, it allows a parent to hand over an infant up to 72 hours old to an employee at any fire station or hospital with no questions asked, as long as the baby is unharmed. The parent will not be prosecuted for abandonment, the sheriff's office says.
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