A year after a baby was found buried in a cardboard box, detectives have closed the case, but they have not solved it.
Baby Angel as she’s called has not been forgotten though
. On Wednesday she was given a proper burial
thanks to members of the Metropolitan Community Church of Albuquerque and their ‘Littlest Angels’ program.
“We give them just a very simple burial service letting them know, no matter how short their lives were here, they were important, they mattered and that they were loved,” said Reverend Judith Maynard.
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s detectives gave the newborn the name Angel after her tiny decomposed body was found buried in diaper boxes on a piece of property near Cedar Crest, that was last March.
“We didn’t get any information that led us to a suspect or to a family,” said Detective Santiago Roybal.
As a result, Detective Roybal had to close the case last month pending any further leads, leaving a lot of unanswered questions.
Even after an autopsy Roybal said doctors were not able to determine how the baby died or if she even took a breath, but investigators don’t think she was murdered.
“She didn’t have any signs of trauma that we could tell at the time, her skeletal structure was complete, her head was fine there weren’t any broken bones,” Roybal said.
Detectives said whoever buried her did so with care, wrapping the newborn in blankets and putting her in a box inside of a box.
Now nearly a year later, baby Angel is being buried again with great care, this time with a proper funeral service.
“I also grieve for the family that laid little baby angel to rest and I hope that where ever they are, know that god loves them and baby angel is resting in peace,” Maynard said.
It’s a thought investigators hope will encourage baby Angel’s family to come forward and claim her, so they can put their case to rest as well.
“It’s never too late and all of us in this unit and the sheriff’s department would love to solve this case,” Roybal said.
The only possible charge in this case would be improper disposal of a body, which is a fourth degree felony.