RANCHO CORDOVA -- A 40-year-old Rancho Cordova is in jail, charged in connection with the death of her 5-month-old special needs daughter.
Police arrested Jennifer Blanchette Friday, April 30th, after finding the baby dead in a bassinet. Police believe the baby girl died about a week earlier.
Neighbors are now questioning why police didn't remove the baby from the home during a welfare check on April 8th. Police went to the Data Drive apartment at the request of family members. Neighbors say police kicked in the door when Blanchette didn't answer. They say they heard police telling her she couldn't be intoxicated and care for the baby. Neighbors say they were surprised when police didn't take the baby away at that time.
According to Sacramento County Sheriff's Sergeant Tim Curran, the responding officer didn't have enough cause to take the baby. "The baby was fine," said Curran.
The officer wrote up an incident report and referred the case to Child Protective Services. CPS didn't investigate the case until 22 days later.
"There was no lapse in the timing, if you will," said Curran, "There was no breakdown in that it was just an unfortunate set of circumstances that led to this baby's death."
Neighbors who witnessed the welfare check on April 8th are upset more wasn't done to protect the baby. "It was a baby and I know they have laws and legalities but that baby should have been taken away," said next door neighbor Lindsay Cofield.
The Coroner hasn't concluded yet how the child died. CPS told FOX40 News it didn't get the case until April 26th and responded with police on April 30th.
Mother Arrested After Special Needs Baby Found Dead
The 5-month-old baby was found dead in a bassinet.
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