Dead baby found in Punta Gorda woman's freezer

4:24 PM, Jan 31, 2012   |    comments
Police tape ropes off a Punta Gorda home where investigators say a dead baby was found stored in a freezer.
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PUNTA GORDA, Florida (WINK) - Punta Gorda police say an infant was found dead inside the freezer of a Boca Grande Blvd. home Monday night.

Investigators identified the mother as 27-year-old Jessica Smallwood, who lived at the home with her three other children. Crime scene units continue to search the residence, as they are calling the infant's death suspicious.  

Police expanded the crime scene, blocking off much of Boca Grande Blvd. looking for clues. Cadaver dogs from the Sarasota Sheriff's Office were also brought in to help, although investigators would not comment if they found anything.

The story unfolded Monday night, when police say Smallwood went to the hospital, bleeding. While at the hospital, she told doctors some information, which prompted them to call police. When officers arrived, they found the infant dead in the freezer. It's unclear how the infant died.

Smallwood has been released from the hospital and has not been charged with anything. D.C.F. is also investigating.

Smallwood's other three children have been removed from the home and placed in foster care. A spokesperson said the agency has received prior reports involving this family, however, none involved allegations of physical abuse.

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