California Catholic Daily reports the San Bernardino Catholic diocese was instrumental in giving the baby girl a proper burial. She was buried in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery on July 27 in Colton, California. The baby was named Rose Herrera-Cornejo.
According to the report, a nurse at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs found the baby girl’s dead body in a toilet in the hospital on June 3, 2015. An autopsy revealed that the infant weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces and was born prematurely at about 30 weeks gestation. It is not clear if the baby girl was born alive.
The baby girl’s mother later was discovered when she came to the hospital complaining of bleeding, according to the report. The woman, who is not named in the report, admitted that baby Rose was her daughter.
Palm Springs police investigated the incident but did not charge the woman; they said they believed the baby died because of medical reasons. The Riverside County Coroner could not determine the exact cause of her death.
As Catholics often do with the bodies of aborted and abandoned babies, local Catholics in Palm Springs asked to be allowed to give baby Rose a proper burial if the mother did not want her body. Authorities recently gave them permission to do so.
The Catholic citizen, who asked not to be identified, said great gratitude must be expressed to San Bernardino Bishop Gerald Barnes, Deacon John, the staff at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, and to Rose Mortuary of Palm Desert. The diocese did not charge for services. They presented a beautiful marble cross, part of which was placed in Baby Rose’s casket.
A prayer card said, “Pray for mothers and fathers in our community that they be strengthened and not turn against or abandon their own child.”