PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Punta Gorda police continue to investigate the death of an infant Tuesday afternoon. The baby was found dead in the freezer at a home on Boca Grande Blvd. Monday night.
The mother of the infant found dead in the freezer, is Jessica Smallwood. She lives at her home on Boca Grande Blvd. with her three other children. Crime scene units continue to search the home, as they are calling the infant's death suspicious.
Police expanded the crime scene, blocking off much of Boca Grande Blvd. looking for clues. Cadaver dogs from the Sarasota Sheriff's Office were also brought in to help, though, investigators would not comment if they found anything.
The story unfolded Sunday night, when police say 27-year-old Jessica Smallwood went to the hospital, bleeding. While at the hospital, she told doctors some information, which prompted them to call police. When Punta Gorda police arrived, they found the infant dead in the freezer. It's unclear how the infant died.
Smallwood has been released from the hospital and has not been charged with anything. D.C.F. is also investigating.
Smallwood's other three children have been removed from the home and placed in foster care. A spokesperson said the agency has received prior reports involving this family, however, none involved allegations of physical abuse.