Member of the Sikh community reacts to infant's killing

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – It’s a painful story of a baby's death. Investigators believe a woman drowned and buried her newborn grandson.

    The suspect’s 15-year-old daughter had just given birth to the boy, and the suspect allegedly killed the child to avoid family “shame,” according to the police report.

    "I think this is a very isolated event," said Manpreet Kaur.

    Kaur is an active member of the Sikh community and the Jakara Movement. She said Sikhs believe in acceptance, not shame.

    "We definitely harp on this idea of community and being a supportive network and being able to be there for one another," said Kaur.

    Kaur said she hopes this incident will open up conversations about teen pregnancy within the Sikh community.

    "This is something that is very uncommon for the community, though living in Kern County we're all aware of, you know, the rates of teen pregnancy and how that's been something that we as a community have been trying to at least understand and seek to provide those resources to our youth," said Kaur. "How do we now turn the page and be able to, you know, have open dialogue with our parents and our children?"

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