Roseville Police Department1051 Junction Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
916-774-5015

7/8/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #0708131
Subject :

Roseville Police Detectives Investigating Deceased Newborn Discovered in City Park
Contact :Darin A. DeFreece, Detective Sergeant    916-774-5083
    ddefreece@roseville.ca.us

At approximately 7:50 a.m., a City of Roseville Parks and Recreation open space work crew discovered the remains of a newborn baby that had been placed in the bushes at Saugstad Park.

Saugstad Park is located at 100 Buljan Drive in Roseville.

It is undetermined at this time how the baby died, or why the baby was deposited in the bushes at the park. The baby had been wrapped in bags and placed into a diaper box and then concealed in the bushes off of the bike trail that runs adjacent to the creek. The baby appears to be full term, but the sex of the baby is not known at this time.

If anyone has any information about this incident, or know of someone who may have been pregnant but is no longer pregnant and does not have a child with her please contact the Roseville Police Department Investigations Division at 916-774-5070.

As a reminder, the Safe Surrender Baby Law (also known as the Safe Haven Law or Newborn Abandonment Law) was signed into law by Governor Davis in September 2000 and went into effect on January 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.



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