Bakersfield police are investigating a possible suicide at the address where the body of a newborn boy was found last week.

Police said Thursday the body of a man has been found inside a house in the 5200 block of Shining Crag Avenue — the same residence where the remains of a baby were dug up by investigators in a backyard flower bed on Feb. 26. 

Police spokesman Sgt. Nathan McCauley said police received a call regarding the body just before 9 a.m. He said the coroner's office will later release the man's name. 

Two people — Beant Kaur Dhillon and Jagsir Singh — were arrested last week in connection with the newborn's death. Dhillon, 43, is charged with murder and Singh, 47, with accessory to murder.

Dhillon remains in custody, but Singh bailed out. 

Police said in court documents that Dhillon's then-15-year-old daughter gave birth to a boy in November. Dhillon then took the newborn and drowned it, and Singh and another relative, Bakhshinderpal Singh Mann, helped her cover up the crime, documents said. 

Coroner's officials Thursday confirmed the baby was drowned and his death is a homicide. 

Dhillon told police she killed the baby to prevent family shame, according to the documents. 

Mann, 23, remains at large. He helped Dhillon bury the body, according to the documents. 

Neither Dhillon nor her husband sought medical attention for their daughter, police said in the documents. Dhillon was listed as a licensed vocational nurse on the state Department of Consumer Affairs website.

Police said an investigation began after a third party to whom the teen reached out contacted authorities. 

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Kathleen Ellis Faulkner

Who was the baby’s father? That might be a clue as to motivation in this tragedy


In light of fathers suicide wondering if girls father was babys dad. He wasnt charged with murder only accessory. Why would he commit suicide if not for fear of what they might find out in autopsy.


Perhaps the cultural problems of assimilation are becoming more transparent . . . but with monumental sadness for all, especially with the loss of two lives now. This is heartbreaking as more than a symptom of the political agendas and their disparities facing all of us. God help and protect us . . . from ourselves!

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