SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - An organization that promotes Louisiana's "Safe Haven Law" and provides funeral services for indigent babies will hold a graveside funeral service in Slidell for the baby girl found last month in a trash compactor.
Members of "Compassionate Burials for Indigent Babies" announced details Monday, as the group prepares for a private burial later this week.
In a prepared statement, founder and president Lise Naccari explained, "We believe life is precious and sacred, and everyone deserves a dignified burial."
Since 2003, CBIB has buried numerous indigent babies.
According to Naccari, the mission of CBIB also includes providing comfort to the families involved, as well as raising awareness of the Safe Haven Law, a topic which Naccari says she is available to help promote among civil and private groups.
"The mother hid her pregnancy and the baby's birth from family and friends out of fear," Naccari said. "Perhaps if she had known about the Safe Haven Law, this child would be alive today and the mother would not be in jail."
The group is reaching out to St. Tammany parish leaders, as well as representatives of fire, police and medical services to attend the funeral to heighten awareness of the Safe Haven law.
Slidell Police said the baby's body was found in early May in a trash compactor at Canterbury House Apartments.
Police later arrested 22 year-old Antwonetta Jones, an unemployed woman living with her mother, and booked her on a charge of second-degree murder.