Some new leads have turned up in the investigation of the death of a newborn baby at the Hilton Resort and Marina discovered on Oct. 31, said Key West Police Detective Dan Allen.
A housekeeper at the Hilton Resort in Key West at 6:30 a.m. found a deceased, newborn infant girl in a garbage can in a women’s bathroom. The female child was about five weeks premature, according to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the umbilical cord and placenta were still attached.
Police are seeking help from the public in finding the persons involved in the tragedy.
A witness who read about the death in a local newspaper called Allen Thursday, saying she had been at the second floor lobby bathroom at about 1:55 a.m., which is within the time frame of the incident, Allen said. She said she noticed hearing a woman moaning in one of the stalls. The witness said she asked if the woman was okay, and the woman replied that she was fine.
She told Allen that when she went back out to the lobby, she saw her three men in the lobby waiting outside the bathroom. She asked them if they knew the woman in the bathroom and one man said he was the woman’s boyfriend. The witness said the woman did not sound well and suggested he check on her. He timidly called out to his girlfriend by name at the bathroom door and the woman inside replied she was okay, Allen said. The witness said she did not remember the name he used, but it may have been “Samantha” or “Sonia.”
Allen said the witness gave him a good description of the man, who may be the baby’s father. He is about 28 to 29 years old, with short, spiky, dark brown or black hair, clean shaven, wearing a plain black t-shirt, a brown belt and blue jeans. She said he looked well groomed and nicely dressed and did not seem to fit in with the other two men, who were casually dressed in t-shirts and shorts, Allen said.
The trio may have been drinking at Fat Tuesday’s bar on Duval Street before the incident, Allen said.
Allen said her description matched the description the security guard gave police of one of three men he saw there at about 2:30 a.m. The guard talked with them for about 20 minutes outside the bathroom, where they told him they were waiting for a woman they said was sick inside.
Allen said he wants to hear from anyone else who was in the area and may know more about the persons there during that early Sunday morning.
Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call Allen at 809-1022 or Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward to the tipster whose information leads to an arrest in the case. All callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous. The tips line number is 1-800-346-TIPS (8477).