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Woman arrested in connection with dumping newborn in Redondo Beach trash bin

March 3, 2010 |  5:57 pm
A former Redondo Beach resident was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with dumping a newborn in a trash bin in the South Bay city, police said.

Jessie Lauren Canfield, 24, of Santa Barbara, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. at her home in Santa Barbara, where she now lives with her sister, the Redondo Beach Police Department said.

A city trash collector found the newborn's body about 9 a.m. Wednesday in a trash bin that had been placed in front of a home on a city street for rubbish collection, police said. 

Canfield allegedly attended a party at the home over the weekend and was complaining of cramps, according to police. Detectives interviewed the woman and determined that she had given birth and dumped the infant in the bin, Redondo Beach police said.

Canfield is a 2004 graduate of Redondo Union High School. She was taken into custody on suspicion of murder, police said.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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