Grandmother turns in daughter after body is found in desert
A Mesa woman has been arrested for leaving the body of a newborn infant in a backpack on the Gila River Indian Community, five miles southeast of Sacaton.
The baby's grandmother is said to be responsible for turning in the woman, who is her own daughter.
Tribal police arrested the 22-year-old, Faith Caddo, on Tuesday.
Authorities said she faces charges including transporting and concealing a dead body on the reservation.
Court paperwork reveals she admits to giving birth to the baby boy and wrapping him in bed sheets.
Then, she admits to wrapping tape around those sheets before putting the newborn inside a closet.
She said she later transported the child's body to the Gila River Indian Community desert where he was found about one month ago.
"It's pretty awful for somebody to do that with a strait mind, with a right mind," said Frank Rosino, a neighbor.
Right now, the FBI is investigating whether the infant was dead or alive when the baby was put inside the duffle bag.
The case also is being reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.