UPDATE: Infant's remains in Maricopa belonged to teen daughter

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UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 8

Maricopa Police Department's Sgt. Stephen Judd confirms the unborn child found in the backyard of a Maricopa home belonged to the 18-year-old daughter that lived in the house with her family. They movied out about 6 weeks ago but still had acces to the home. The case has now been sent to the Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office.


MARICOPA -- Maricopa police are investigating the remains of an infant found in the backyard of a Maricopa home.

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Police responded to a residence in the Maricopa Meadows development. Maricopa police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Judd said police received a call Thursday afternoon and secured the home in question that night until they could investigate during daylight on Friday.

Judd said the Department of Public Safety crime lab was called in to the scene along with a forensic anthropologist. At about 11:20 a.m. the investigation team located a shallow grave where they found human remains of an infant. Detectives say the remains may had been there for about 2 weeks.

There was a family that lived there until recently who moved out but reportedly still had access to the house. They are cooperating with law enforcement on this case.

Police say they do not expect arrests or charges filed anytime soon. The case will be turned over to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to determine how to proceed.