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Highlands Ranch mother suspected of killing newborn baby appears in court

Wasinger-Konrad, 23, told authorities she didn't know she was pregnant


Camille Wasinger-Konrad sat on her back deck for 10 minutes before tossing her newborn baby over a 9-foot-tall fence into her neighbor's backyard, Douglas County detective Adam Moorman said at a March 20 preliminary court hearing.

Wasinger-Konrad, 23, was arrested Jan. 2 after Douglas Regional Dispatch received reports of what a neighbor believed to be a lifeless infant left in her backyard, located in the 500 block of Longfellow Lane in Highlands Ranch, at 9:45 p.m. The neighbor was walking to her hot tub when she noticed the baby. She carried the child inside and called 911, according to Moorman, who was called as a witness at the latest court hearing.

“She noticed her dog looking and sniffing at something on her deck,” said Moorman, the lead detective in the investigation. “She didn't know if it was real or not, the lighting was bad, so she picked it up and brought it inside her house.”

Wearing a red jumpsuit, reading glasses and a shackle on one wrist, Wasinger-Konrad sat at a table next to her public defenders, Matt Mulch and Daniel Cunny. A handful of family members were in the courtroom for the preliminary hearing in Castle Rock.

Wasinger-Konrad is charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence. She has been denied bond. The cause and manner of the infant's death is still being determined by the Douglas County Coroner's Office.

Wasinger-Konrad had been renting a room in a family's Highlands Ranch home for about four months, according to details released at the hearing. She worked at King Soopers on Highlands Ranch Parkway and Wildcat Reserve Parkway.

The night of Jan. 2, after responding to the neighbor's home, deputies noticed a bloody shower curtain in a trashcan out front of Wasinger-Konrad's residence. The family said earlier that morning they had seen blood on a blanket in their backyard and in Wasinger-Konrad's bathroom. Wasinger-Konrad told them she was vomiting blood from a medication she had been taking, according to Moorman.

Moorman approached Wasinger-Konrad in her bedroom. She claimed she didn't know why the detective was there. Moorman then mentioned comparing the DNA of the dead baby to the blood found in Wasinger-Konrad's bathroom.

“Her reply was, after pausing for a second, she said, `Well, the thing is, I don't want to get in trouble,' ” Moorman said.

Wasinger-Konrad said she had no idea she was pregnant and woke up with stomach pains that morning, Moorman said. But, according to another detective on the case, a coworker said Wasinger-Konrad wanted to change shifts at the grocery store because she was pregnant and couldn't lift packages, Moorman said.

Detectives didn't ask Wasinger-Konrad's supervisors at work if she ever confirmed she was pregnant. Her family and boyfriend at the time refused to talk to law enforcement.

After she had the baby, Wasinger-Konrad covered its mouth and nose so it wouldn't cry, Moorman said. Everyone in the house was still asleep.

“She said the baby was still crying when she got outside,” Moorman said. “She sat on the back deck for 10 minutes trying to think of what to do.”

She told Moorman she “just got rid of it.” When he asked what she meant, she said she threw the baby over the fence, according to Moorman.

Wasinger-Konrad's arraignment, when she will be formally charged, is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 22 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 4000 Justice Way.


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