ALHAMBRA – A 41-year-old Alhambra woman suspected of
leaving her newborn girl near railroad tracks in March was charged
today with murder and assault on a child causing death, the District
Attorney’s office announced.
Tonya Mae Schaefer, (dob 4-1-65), is scheduled to be arraigned
after 1:30 p.m. in Alhambra Superior Court, Division 5, said Deputy
District Attorney Patricia Wilkinson with the Family Violence
Division. Schaefer is charged in case No. GA066704. She is being
held on $1 million bail.
The infant’s body was discovered March 12 south of Mission Road
near Freemont Avenue. The baby, with the umbilical cord still
attached, had been wrapped in plastic shopping bags and thrown over
a chain-link fence, landing near the train tracks, officials said.
Alhambra police launched an intensive investigation that
culminated in Schaefer’s arrest on Wednesday.
Deputy District Attorney Habib Balian with the Family Violence
Division has been assigned to prosecute the case.