The case is being handled as an abuse of corpse investigation, according to police records. 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. A cause of death had not yet been determined, the coroner’s office said.
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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A Kettering police officer informed Riverside police of the incident, according to a police dispatch log. 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.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to the house around 11:20 p.m. Sunday.
Neighbors said they watched as large trucks with portable lights illuminated the backyard. Others said they were shocked the child was found dead.
“Yeah,” said resident Diana Hanayik. “That’s just very surprising, especially in this neighborhood because it’s very quiet here.”
Sunday’s discovery comes after an ongoing case in Warren County where a mother is accused of killing her child last year and burying the remains.
Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, is charged with aggravated murder and several other felonies. Richardson, who graduated from Carlisle High School in May, is accused of giving birth to a baby just days after her prom, killing it, burning the body and then burying it in the backyard of her Carlisle home.
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Staff Writers Michael Purves and Lauren Pack and News Center 7 reporter Mike Campbell contributed reporting.