LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMiami) – An investigation is underway after the body of an infant was found in the tub of a Lauderdale Lakes home.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office received a call just after 4 p.m. on Thursday about the discovery in a home at 2920 NW 44th Terrace.
Investigators said Nickashae Beckford, 25, lives in the home with her mother and stepfather. According to Beckford she had a miscarriage a few days prior to the discovery of the infant.
Some people who live in the area and knew Beckford were surprised and saddened by the news.
“She’s a very nice lady and comes from a good family. They are nice people. I was shocked. I didn’t know what to say,” said Valentino McFarland.
McFarland told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “I have known this lady a long time. I can’t believe she’d do something like this to her baby. She loves kids.”
“That’s bad, that’s bad, that’s bad you know,” said Tony Sutherland.
Neighbors and friends said Beckford was visibly shaken Thursday night when she met with sheriff’s investigators.
“She was very upset and sad. She don’t know what’s going to happen with the family or how things are going to split,” said McFarland.
Beckford worked at the Teddy bear Child Care Learning Center between 2007 and 2008.
“She seemed to be a loving girl but she was always a loner,” said Rosalind Ramsey, the owner of the facility. “She went to school and received an associate’s degree in childhood development.”
“I don’t why this happened,” she said. “She was pregnant and overwhelmed, maybe,” she said. “She always tried to please her mom.”
Beckford had also posted a video on the website Photopocket.com in which she speaks about her faith
“This is a video about the greatness of God,” she says in the video. “He has helped me through so much. I am learning to be more patient, calm, cool and collected. You know God can help me work out my problems.”
Investigators still haven’t determined exactly when or how the baby died, or how the infant ended up in a bathtub. They are calling the death “suspicious”. The infant’s remains were taken to the county’s Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The state’s Department of Children and Families said Beckford has no other children and they don’t have a history with the family.
BSO is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to an arrest. The number to call is (954) 493-TIPS (8477).