Update In Death Investigation - Infant Found In Dumpster
LAKELAND, FL (May 15, 2023) – Lakeland Police Detectives are providing an update on recent developments regarding the deceased infant found in the dumpster on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Preliminary findings from the Medical Examiner's office indicate the full-term infant was born deceased, never taking a breath, and had a severe brain deformity. The initial results do not indicate homicide or that foul play caused the infant's death.
After releasing photos of persons believed to have information related to the case, a 34-year-old female came to the police station to speak with detectives. During her interview, she was cooperative with detectives and admitted giving birth alone outside her residence during the early morning hours of May 10, 2023. She told detectives she was unaware she was pregnant before giving birth, stating that she only had minor symptoms and believed she was just getting sick. The female said that she did not go to the hospital afterward because she was in the country illegally and didn't want to get in trouble, nor did she have any money to pay the medical expenses. She admitted putting the infant's remains in the dumpster later that same evening.
After consultation with the State Attorney's Office, Brusela D’Enstachio-Lugo has been charged with violating F.S.S. 497.386 (Storage, preservation, and transportation of human remains), a Misdemeanor of the First Degree (M1). A complaint affidavit has been filed for a Summons To Appear to be issued.
DNA was collected from the female to compare with the deceased infant’s. The Department of Homeland Security was contacted regarding immigration status and provided information on the case.
This remains an open and active case as results from additional forensics tests are in progress.