Funeral Service For Abandoned Baby

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

A somber event this morning as funeral services are held for an abandoned baby girl.

Baby Crystal, as the coroner's office named her, was buried today. Her little body was found Friday in rural Winnebago County. She was left in the cold.

Dozens of community members, police officers and county workers attended the short ceremony and burial service at Calvary Cemetery. Many said simply that they didn't want Crystal to be alone and that they wanted her to know that she was loved. Flowers and stuffed animals were also left for the little girl who never had a chance at life.

“I wanted her to know that somebody loved her. I wanted to be there when they send her to be with Jesus to be warm and loved and never cold again,” says Chris Booth.

“She’s a Christmas angel now. God’s taking care of her and God’s loving her,” says Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia.

Fiduccia says today's service provided closure for many of the police officers and coroner's office officials who were at the scene on Friday.

Fiduccia deals with death everyday, but says it's always different when it's a child.

Police continue their search for Crystal's mother or anyone who may have information on this incident.

And as a reminder, the Illinois does have a Newborn Infant Protection Act. It gives mothers a safe and anonymous way of placing their infants into safe hands without fear of prosecution. Police stations, hospitals and fire stations are legal safe havens for mothers.

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