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Mother Of Newborn Baby Found Dead In Strawberry Field Arrested

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(credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Dept)

(credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Dept)

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CAMARILLO (CBSLA.com) — Ventura County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested a 20-year-old woman last Friday in connection to the death of a newborn baby found dead on May 21 in a strawberry field.

Oxnard resident Rosalba Moran, who detectives determined was the mother of the baby who had been abandoned in the 3300 block of Central Avenue, was arrested on Dec. 21.

Authorities were led to Moran when her DNA was collected while she was in custody on unrelated charges.

The body was discovered around 9:30 a.m. by a worker in a field at La Esperanza Farms in the unincorporated area of Camarillo.

“Significant evidence directly linked Moran to the murder of her newborn baby,” Sgt. Ian Laughlin said in a statement.

Moran is being held on $1,000,000 bail and remains in custody at the Todd Road Jail.

Detectives are continuing to investigate leads that may lead to the identification of the baby’s father.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Lopez or Det. Worthy at (805) 383-8786.

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