During the early hours of New Year’s Eve, a sheriff’s deputy in Twin Falls County, Idaho, found the body of a baby girl hidden inside a diaper bag on the side of the road.
The baby, who was later named Angel Rose by deputies, was full-term, but a forensic pathologist has not been able to determine if she was born alive, KTVB reported. It remains a mystery how the infant might have died, but investigators said the baby and the bag hadn’t been on the roadside very long.
The infant’s mother still has not been located, but the community has rallied to raise money for a burial. Mike and Catherine Parke have donated burial plot and services for Angel Rose.
"The loss of a child under any circumstances is a tragedy," Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter said on Jan. 4, according to a later story by KTVB.
"I'm truly grateful to the community for the support they have provided to our deputies as well as the generous offers of assistance with her burial," he added. "No wonder Twin Falls is such a great place to live.”
Although Angel Rose will be buried soon, police are still concerned about her mother.
"As support for the child continues, we acknowledge the mother of this child must be struggling as well," sheriff's officials wrote in a press release. "In all likelihood, the mother was in a tough situation and certainly scared."
Every state has some version of a safe haven law, according to the Child Welfare Information Gateway. In Idaho, parents can legally surrender an infant less than 30 days old to law enforcement or medical personnel without being asked questions.