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She Says She Didn't Know She Was Pregnant

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The 24-year-old woman who allegedly put her newborn daughter into a Redondo Beach trash can says she didn't know she was pregnant until she arrived at a house party when she began to have cramps and had a baby in one of the bedrooms, according to the Daily News. "She is saying she doesn't know she was pregnant," Lt. Joe Hoffman said of Jessie Lauren Canfield. "We are still working to try to contact other people and go through the evidence we have to make a determination of the amount of knowledge she had." The baby was found dead on Wednesday morning by a trash collector.

"There's a lot of circumstances related to this incident that are very unusual and actually quite bizarre," Hoffman continued. One example is that no one reported the blood found in the bedroom where the birth happened. Also, investigators are now unclear if she returned to the party or not--yesterday it was reported that she did return.

It remains unclear if the baby was deceased when she was placed into the trash can. "The coroner's report will take two or three weeks," explained Hoffman. "We're comfortable presenting the package for the filing of a murder charge."