Infant's body found near beach

January 29, 2008 4:39:07 PM PST
A tragic discovery was made along the Galveston seawall -- the body of a baby boy was found on the side of the road, not far from a child's car seat. A couple discovered the body around 9am Tuesday, near Seawall Boulevard and Ferry Road. Jesse Zaro often spends his days off on this part of the island. He likes to take his wife bird-watching. But this time what started as just another outing turned into something he won't soon forget.

"I don't know how to handle myself," Zaro explained. "I cried. It just hit me like a ton of rocks."

It isn't easy for Zaro to talk about what he and his wife saw while sight-seeing along Cherry Hill Ridge along Galveston's east end.

He recalled, "I looked over to the side, and it looked like a doll at first. And then I just said, 'Oh my God.'"

What Zaro thought was a doll was actually a baby boy with blondish hair, three to six months old, lying face down on the ground, wearing only a diaper.

"It was horrible. I went to pieces," Zaro said. "I just could not believe it. It was horrible ? a little bitty defenseless baby. That's what I found."

He also saw a car seat less than 30 feet away. Police don't think it's a coincidence, and they suspect foul play.

Lt. Jorge Trevino with the Galveston Police Department explained, "We have to assume, just by the location of the car seat, it appears that the child was in the car seat at one time and then became separated from the car seat. That's how the car seat ended up 20 feet from it."

As crime scene investigators cordoned off the area so they could search for clues, detectives are checking local medical records in hopes of discovering the baby's identity. Zaro says all he wants is justice.

He said, "If you couldn't handle what you had, you could have given it to somebody who could have cared for that baby. But why hurt a poor, defenseless little baby?"

Investigators say the child had head trauma. The Galveston County Medical Examiner's office is in the process of conducting an autopsy to determine how that baby died. Investigators think he may have been dumped at the location, possibly overnight. Galveston police hope to release a sketch of the baby.

If you have any information about the infant found, or if you happened to see anything, you're asked to call the Galveston Police Department at 409-765-3662.

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