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Docs: Daughter told hours-old baby boy, who was buried in backyard, was surrendered

Beant Kaur Dhillon
Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 12:58:33-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A 15-year-old girl was told that her hours-old baby boy, who was later found to be buried in the backyard, had been surrendered, according to court documents obtained by 23ABC.

According to court documents, around 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, BPD was dispatched to a location after a 15-year-old girl had informed her student counselor that her father, 47-year-old Jagsir Singh, had allegedly threatened to kill her and marry her away.

During an interview with Bakersfield Police, the girl told police she was in her room when Singh allegedly came in and began to yell at her for the house being dirty. The teen told police that she was usually disciplined by being hit in the face. She also said that when Singh would get mad, he would allegedly threaten to cut her up into pieces.

During the interview, the teen allegedly told the officer she gave birth in November 2018 to a baby boy in her home in the 5200 block of Shining Craig Avenue in Southwest Bakersfield. The teen told the officer that after she gave birth, the last thing she heard was her baby crying before she "knocked out." The teen told the officer that she was told the baby had been taken somewhere to be adopted.

According to the documents, after the birth, the victim's mother, 43-year-old Beant Kaur Dhillon allegedly stepped on the baby boy's face twice before placing him in a garbage bag and drowning him in the victim's blood. Singh then allegedly buried the baby in the backyard.

Dhillon allegedly told police that the baby was stillborn when she buried the baby. Dhillon also allegedly told police she never heard the baby cry.

On February 25, 2019, according to documents, the victim's brother told her that her baby was buried in the backyard. The brother allegedly pointed at the backyard and began to laugh. Dhillon allegedly gave the boy a "look" and he told his sister he was kidding.

During an interview, the victim told BPD that she did not know who the father of her baby was. Court documents show that the victim also told officers she became pregnant after a consensual sexual encounter with an older high school student. According to the court documents, the victim told Dhillon she was allegedly raped by a white male in the locker room at school. The victim allegedly told Dhillon that she had told a teacher what happened.

According to court documents, in an interview, Singh told police he was "90% certain" his nephew, 23-year-old Bakhshinderpal Singh Mann, fathered the child. Singh allegedly told police he believed Singh and his daughter were "more than cousin's" and "did not believe the rape allegation."

Singh allegedly told police Mann had buried the baby in the backyard, not Dhillon.

Dhillon has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of the newborn. Mann is also wanted in connection with the baby's death. Mann has been charged with felony accessory to murder and still remains at-large.

Singh faced charges of accessory to the baby's death. He was arrested then bailed out. Last week, BPD responded to the same home where the baby was buried for reports of a suicide. The Kern County Coroner later determined that the man found was Singh. The Coroner also determined that Singh's cause of death was suicide by hanging.