Mom drowned teen daughter’s baby to avoid ‘family shame,’ police say

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The grandmother of a newborn baby boy drowned the child shortly after being born “to prevent family shame,” according to documents filed Thursday in Kern County Superior Court.

Beant Kaur Dhillon, 43, found her 15-year-old daughter in a bathroom inside their home in November, after the teen just gave birth, according to reports. 

After killing the child, Dhillon gave the baby’s tiny body to her husband, Jagsir Singh, 47, who placed the remains in a plastic bag, reports said.

The body was then given to Dhillon’s nephew, Bakhshinderpal Singh Mann, 23, to bury in the back yard, reports said.

The Bakersfield Police Department on Thursday asked for the public’s help in locating Mann, who remains at large.

The crime came to light when the new mother, now 16, reported it to someone police described as “a third party,” who reported it to law enforcement.

Police reports say neither of her parents has ever sought medical aid for the young mother after the home birth. That, police say, might have led to serious injuries to the teen. 

Police went to the family home at 5205 Shining Crag Ave. on Tuesday. 

The teenager had information that led authorities to dig in her family’s backyard. The dig uncovered the body of an infant baby boy.

“Most of the backyard is concrete, there’s a small area where there’s a flower bed and the baby was buried and concealed in a flower bed,” said Bakersfield Police Sgt. Nathan McCaulley. 

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