ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jan 12, 2019, 6:18 PM ET

Discovery of toddler's body in yard leads to couple's arrest

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An Albuquerque man says his landscaper requested permission to bury a cat in his backyard, but police looking for the landscaper's missing 1-year-old daughter found her body instead.

Thomas Dunn told KOAT-TV that 26-year-old David Zuber called in late December and said he needed to bury a cat. Dunn said that was OK because his family uses the yard as a pet cemetery.

But the family was surprised in early January when authorities showed up and found Anastazia Romero's body buried in a trash bag inside a duffel bag and under a dog's remains.

Police began looking for the child after a relative of Zuber said he had said the child drowned.

Zuber and 23-year-old Monique Romero were arrested and accused of charges that include child abuse resulting in death.

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  • EJ West

    This article is not up to date. Both parents have been released (so far), according to other news sources. The baby apparently drowned in the bathtub while the mother was not paying attention. Most people would call an ambulance and try to get help. Then there are people like these two. Sigh.

  • Lovejoy

    ok...what? how did authorities find a body UNDER a dog? (it wasn't even a cat) Was the site marked? And the family uses their backyard as a "pet cemetery?" Is that to say they allow all their neighbors to bury pets there? I wouldn't think that a couple of pets deems a yard a "pet cemetery." If it was a "pet cemetery" in the true sense, it's amazing they found the child's body.

  • yetanother1

    Each day seems to bring another story of a child's abuse and death. Terrible that "grownups" seem to have no control over their tempers and emotions and dispose of their children like garbage. Spay and neuter this pair before they get out of prison, because unfortunately, they will.

  • Morgan Sheridan

    The community is devastated beyond words over this little boy's horrid death.