A Mountain View woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her newborn was found discarded outside her home.
On Monday, August 2, around 2:30 pm, the Mountain View Police Department Emergency dispatch center received a transfer call from Santa Clara County Communications where a woman had stated her friend had just recently given birth and that the baby was stillborn. The woman, she stated, was living on the 2000 block of Leghorn Street.
Mountain View Fire Department personnel and Mountain View Police officers arrived on scene shortly after the call was received. Unfortunately, upon the arrival, Mountain View Fire Department personnel confirmed that the baby was deceased.
The baby’s mother, who was on scene at the time fire personnel arrived, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. The mother is identified as 31-year-old Jennifer Tupper.
Over the course of the next few days, Mountain View detectives and Santa Clara County District Attorney investigators continued to investigate the case per the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Protocol (child death investigation), and work to confirm the manner of death. Following an autopsy conducted by the Santa Clara County Coroner, it was determined that the newborn boy, who was later confirmed to have been born the day of the incident, had been born alive and that prior to his death had suffered significant injuries.
Mountain View detectives subsequently arrested Tupper on Wednesday, Aug. 4, following her discharge from the hospital. Tupper faces charges of murder and child abuse resulting in great bodily injury or death.
“This is a tragic case for our community,” said Chief Chris Hsiung. “We are devastated by this news, and we are grieving with the community on the loss of this baby’s life.”
We are continuing to actively investigate this case, and anyone who has information can contact Detective Matthew Hom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like the community to be aware of several resources to safely surrender a baby here in Mountain View. Those locations include:
• Mountain View Fire Station 1: 251 Shoreline Boulevard
• Mountain View Fire Station 2: 160 Cuesta Drive
• Mountain View Fire Station 3: 301 North Rengstorff Avenue
• Mountain View Fire Station 4: 229 North Whisman Road
• Mountain View Fire Station 5: 2195 North Shoreline Boulevard
• El Camino Hospital: 2500 Grant Road
Media requests can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at email@example.com.