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7th baby laid to rest at Garden of Innocence

7th baby laid to rest at Garden of Innocence »Play Video
A ceremony pays tribute to baby Natalie, a child who is considered to have been abused or abandoned, by the Garden of Innocence Project. The funeral Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 marks the first for the year and the seventh at the garden in Union Cemetery since it was established last September. (KBAK/KBFX photo by Mike Dinow)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Another local abandoned or abused baby was laid to rest Saturday at Union Cemetery's Garden of Innocence.

Baby Natalie is the seventh child buried in the garden since it opened in September, and the first for 2014.

The national program has 20 gardens in cemeteries across the country to offer a proper burial for what many call little angels who never got a chance at life. The garden was built at Union Cemetery following the death of baby Gabriella in June 2013. The infant was found in a trash bin in Oildale.

It's likely that no relatives were in attendance, and most probably never met the baby.

A circle was formed during the ceremony and Natalie's urn was passed around before it was placed in her final resting spot.

Organizers declined to share any history on baby Natalie but said volunteers and donations are needed to keep the program going. It's a perfect fit for high school students looking to fulfill community service requirements.

Click here to find out more about the project and what you can do to help.