Buried baby in Riverside: Big questions remain after body discovered

Riverside police are investigating how a baby girl born in December ended up buried in a residential backyard.

Addalynn Marie George, born Dec. 21, 2017, was found dead Sunday night behind a home in the 4500 block of Richland Avenue, according to Riverside police records and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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This news organization is seeking answers to five questions about the case:

1. How did she die?

A cause of death had not yet been determined, the coroner’s office said.

2. When did the infant die? 

Though an autopsy was performed Monday, it is unclear if police or the coroner have determined the exact age of the child at her death. Also unclear is the baby’s place of birth. After repeated searches on behalf of the newspaper Monday, officials with Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County could not locate a birth certificate for the child.

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3. How long were her remains buried in the yard?

It is not immediately clear how long the remains were buried in the yard. Neighbors said they watched as large trucks with portable lights illuminated the backyard Sunday. Others said they were shocked the child was found dead.

4. How did police learn about the case?

A Kettering police officer informed Riverside police of the incident, according to a police dispatch log, but no more has been disclosed publicly about what alerted Kettering to the situation originally. Riverside officers went to the Richland Avenue home around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The infant was discovered with the help of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Colon said. Evidence was collected and digital images were taken, according to the log.

5. Will anyone face charges?

Police said they are talking with dozens of witnesses about the circumstances and are also talking with a couple they believe are the child’s parents. There are no suspects in custody and the investigation is ongoing, Maj. Adam Colon told the Dayton Daily News.

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