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Detectives look for mother of baby found dead in strawberry field

May 23, 2012 | 10:29 am


Concerned about the well-being of the mother of a newborn baby found dead in a strawberry field, Ventura County detectives said they are focusing their investigation on finding the woman.

A farmworker found the baby's body Monday morning near a row of poppies bordering the field in the 3200 block of Central Avenue near Camarillo, authorities said. Evidence suggests the baby was born in the field, they said.

"We don't know the circumstances behind the baby being there, and we do not know if the mother is physically or mentally OK," Sgt. Joe Evans said. "This had to have been very traumatic for her."

Investigators are reaching out to area hospitals, clinics, schools and the public in looking for the woman, he said.

"We're hoping that people out there have information about a pregnancy that ended mysteriously this weekend without the signs of a baby," Evans said.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday but didn't yield much information, Evans said. Additional tests are pending. He declined to say whether the baby was a boy or a girl, citing the ongoing investigation.

At this point, Evans said, investigators are reaching out "any way we can think of," hoping that a witness or even the mother herself will call. Anyone with information is asked to call Evans at (805) 384-4721, Det. Dean Worthy at (805) 384-4745 or Det. Jose Lopez at (805) 384-4723.


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