Autopsy: Franklin Co. baby likely bled to death
Posted July 22
Louisburg, N.C. — A baby born to a Franklin County teen likely bled to death after her umbilical cord was cut too close, District Attorney Sam Currin said Tuesday after reviewing the child's autopsy report.
The mother, Ashley Marie Reed, 15, was charged Tuesday with concealing the birth and failure to report the death. Sheriff's deputies found the 8.5-pound baby girl wrapped in a grocery bag and buried in a shallow grave behind a residence in the Fox Ridge Farms subdivision, located near Louisburg.
Aaron Davis, 18, the father of the child, told WRAL News that he urged Reed to tell someone of her pregnancy, but that she was afraid.
Davis said he wasn't present when the child was born. "She told me that the baby didn't make it," Davis said.
Reed was arrested Tuesday before noon. By 4 p.m., she had posted $50,000 bond and was released to her parents.
Sheriff Jerry Jones said a criminal charge was necessary to offer a lesson.
"This thing goes to court and it will work itself out, but to not do anything, I think would have put a message out that this was acceptable behavior -- and that's the last thing you want as a law enforcement officer," he said.