A LANDSCAPER conned homeowners to let him dispose of his cat in their garden, but really he buried his own baby daughter. The one-year-old apparent
A LANDSCAPER conned homeowners to let him dispose of his cat in their garden, but really he buried his own baby daughter.
The one-year-old apparently died from drowning in her bath at home, leaving the father desperate to get rid of the body.
Authorities in New Mexico went to the house and stunned the people living there when they unearthed the baby’s corpse in the back garden.
Those living in the Albuquerque home had buried their own pets in the garden so were happy to help out an acquaintance who worked on the property for the landlord.
Local news station KOAT reports the landscaper’s plea to bury his dead cat in the garden was not so outrageous.
Thurman Dunn, who lives in the home where the body was found, told the station how they knew the man.
Mr Dunn said: “He pulled the weeds, mows the yard, he takes care of the bushes of everything and lately he’s been acting a little strange.
“We noticed that before Christmas holiday.”
But they had no idea of the horror ahead. Mr Dunn said he and most of his roommates went on vacation at the end of December.
It was while they were away that their landscaper, David Zuber, called them for the favour.
Mr Dunn said: “It was a cat that had died, one of his cats, and he needed to bury it.”
He said it wasn’t a strange favour for Zuber to ask because they use their backyard as a pet cemetery.
Dunn said while pointing to a corner of the garden: “Basically, this is where we have buried all of our dogs that have passed away.”
But when they got back at the beginning of January, Dunn says they got a knock on their door.
He added: “Homeland security, investigation teams, dig sites, everybody’s here.”
Albuquerque police told the channel that Zuber and his girlfriend, Monique Romero, were arrested last week and charged with child abuse resulting in death after the body of their daughter, Anastazia Romero.
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That followed the discovery of her body buried in Dunn’s family backyard.
“It was buried in the backyard underneath the remains of a dead dog. The body was inside two layers of a white plastic trash bag inside of a black duffel bag,” said Dunn.
Fighting back tears, he said: “It’s truly devastating, to be honest with you. Every time I see this, I wonder why.”