'Gabriella,' other abandoned babies to be buried Sept 28
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The bodies of three, possibly four, abandoned babies will be laid to rest Sept. 28.
Among the babies to be buried in a new special section of Union Cemetery is a girl found dead June 21 in an Oildale trash container. The girl was probably full-term and born no more than several days before her body was found on the 500 block of Beardsley Avenue, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt told Eyewitness News soon after the discovery.
No suspects have been named, and no arrests have been made. The Secret Witness program is offering a reward for information that can help crack the case.
A nonprofit group called Garden of Innocence, started more than a decade ago in San Diego, is conducting its first work in Bakersfield with the Sept. 28 service. The memorial and burial is slated for 10 a.m. that day, according to Garden of Innocence founder Elissa Davey.
The girl found in Oildale will be buried alongside "Baby David" and another baby yet to be named, Davey said Wednesday. A fourth baby might be buried that morning if his paperwork in completed in time.
Garden of Innocence didn't release additional information on Baby David or the other two babies.
Sheriff's department Officer Justin Fleeman has renamed the Oildale baby, sometimes called "Baby Beardsley" after the street on which she was found. The girl's new name is Gabriella, according to Garden of Innocence.
Fleeman and two other officers have paid out of their own packets for the Sept. 28 burial service, according to Garden of Innocence.
Additional donations for the group can be sent to Garden of Innocence, P.O. Box 1883, Bakersfield, CA, 93301.