Mother Identified, 911 Tapes Released, in Case of Scottsdale Baby Found Dead After Apartment Party
The Scottsdale Police Department announced today the name of the mother of the baby found dead in a Scottsdale apartment over the weekend, as well as the less-than-frantic 911 call placed by a neighbor who made the gruesome discovery.
"I'm telling you this baby is cold; this baby is dead," the neighbor who called 911 calmly told emergency operators, as the mother can be heard freaking out in the background.
There have still been no arrests made in the case but the mother has been identified as 25-year-old Megan Milner of Scottsdale.
According to police, officers were called to Milner's apartment complex near Scottsdale and McDowell roads about 5:45 yesterday morning.
At the scene, a neighbor of the dead baby told police that at 5:30 a.m., she noticed the front door to Milner's apartment was wide open and that she could hear a child crying inside.
After about five minutes, the neighbor went into the apartment and found one baby (the dead girl's twin brother) crying in a crib and another baby motionless and blue in a baby seat placed next to Milner, who had been drinking and already had the cops called on her once that night after a verbal, domestic dispute with her baby-daddy.
The neighbor tried to wake Milner several times to no avail, but once she realized the baby wasn't breathing, she called police and shook the young mother get her out of bed.
That's when Milner woke up and noticed her baby wasn't breathing and apparently freaked out -- "frantically" trying to revive the infant and running out the door, with the baby in her arms, to the apartment manager's home before emergency crews arrived.
Milner, according to police, had been partying in the apartment with about 15 friends for most of the night.
She told police she had put the baby to sleep in the baby seat about 11 p.m. and went back to partying.
Police were actually called to the same apartment about 12:30 a.m. responding to reports of a domestic dispute.
Milner and the dead girl's father had been arguing outside of the apartment. Police determined no crime had been committed but advised the baby-daddy to leave, which he did.
Scottsdale police say it will take a few weeks to determine a cause of death, as toxicology reports must be analyzed by the medical examiner. Charges -- if any are filed -- probably won't come until then.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.