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Police: Mother Lived With Baby Daughter's Dead Body For Three Months

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

An acquaintance visited 28-year-old Christina Colantonio at her apartment in Batavia, New York, and noticed that Colantonio’s baby daughter was dead. 

Colantonio has since been charged with the baby’s murder and prosecutors say she lived with the child’s body for three months. She has two other children, but lived alone in the apartment, NY Daily News reported. No calls were made about any suspicious activity at the apartment at the time of the baby’s death, Syracuse.com reported.

Investigators said they believe the baby was killed shortly after birth, three months ago. Although they won’t say how the child died, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said, “They have enough evidence to come to a conclusion it was intentionally caused.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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The officers who found the baby’s body were offered counseling, The Associated Press reported. "It's not something you see on a regular basis," said Batavia Police Detective Sgt. Todd Crossett. "They are the most vulnerable part of the population."

Crossett added: "With the professional detectives we have here, they understand the job that needs to be done to get a successful conclusion to the case.”

Sources: ABC (AP), NY Daily News, Syracuse.com / Photo credit: Police photo via AP