The Clackamas County Major Crimes Team is investigating suspicious circumstances around the apparent death of a 6-month-old baby.
Gladstone police first started investigating the report of a baby being killed at 5 p.m. Monday.
The address tied to the investigation is at the Budget Inn at 19240 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Motel staff said the baby was found dead in a dumpster at the motel. Police are denying that the baby was found in a dumpster but are not saying exactly where the body was found
There's no word yet on whether any arrests have been made.
Motel staff told FOX 12 that a man and woman checked into a room with the baby last week. After the couple left on Saturday without the baby, a hotel desk clerk said a housekeeper found bloody baby clothes in the couple's room.
"We hadn't had any reports of any activity or violence or anything going on, so she threw it away, thinking, 'Who's going to come back for a piece of bloody clothing?'" said hotel clerk Greg Peterson.
On Monday, Jennifer Dalbey tells FOX 12 she was waiting for a ride home outside of the motel and witnessed the same couple fighting.
She claims things were getting ugly, so she stepped in and the man ran off.
"After the man left, she kept saying to me, 'I wish I could tell you what he did. He's sick. He's a sick dude,'" said Dalbey.
"I said, 'What did he do?' and she said, 'He killed my baby. He suffocated my baby with blankets.'"
Dalbey tells FOX 12, she then asked the woman to get in the car with her, and she reportedly drove her to the police department to report what had happened.
Dalbey said the woman didn't seem upset the entire drive there, leaving her with many questions about what happened to the baby.
"I don't think she's as innocent as she claims to be, honestly, for someone to show no emotion the entire time, and it's been three to four days. You know that would hit you. You know that is reality," said Dalbey.
On Monday night, motel guest Lynnette Bruce said she was in her motel room when a swarm of police cars pulled in.
"When I looked out and saw the coroner was here, I knew at that time they found something," she said.
Detectives are staying tight-lipped about the case and not releasing any additional information, citing the ongoing investigation.
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