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Fetus Buried in Back Yard; No Charges Against Parents

Posted March 28, 2008

— A 12- to 20-week-old fetus was found buried in the back yard of a Dunn home Thursday night.

When officers arrived at 911 Fairground Road, they found the fetus in a shallow grave with a white cross.

A woman at the residence had a miscarriage on Wednesday, police said. Instead of going straight to the hospital, she and a man, who also lives at the residence, buried the fetus.

The mother went to the hospital Thursday. No charges were filed against the parents.

The fetus was taken to a medical examiner’s office.


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  • Sweet Butterfly Kisses Mar 28, 2008

    Sad! Just simply sad!!

  • nursevb8 Mar 28, 2008

    This was not afully developed child. Maybe they had no insurance or finances and decided to have a burial/grave of their own. Atleast they didn't just dump it somewhere as we have previously heard. It is against the law to bury without a form of a box though. Maybe they are grieving also and this was their way. But mom did need to get medical care. I don't think any charges needed to befiled. We don't have the whole story to judge.

  • bluewind Mar 28, 2008

    Dear Peacefulwarrior, Thank God for the Catholic Church!

  • juliemc58 Mar 28, 2008

    Twenty weeks is too early for a child to live. I agree that the mother should have gotten a medical evaluation.

  • from da south Mar 28, 2008

    My goodness! Let these poor people grieve in peace. Shame on whomever called the police over something that personal. The sad souls put up a cross and attempted to cope on their own terms. I agree with previous posts that this truly isn't worthy of a news story!

  • momto4girls1boy Mar 28, 2008

    Sounds to me like there are a lot of stone throwing people out there who should first make sure that their own house is in order before worrying about someone elses. People deal with grief in very different ways. And with a fetus that young in gestation may not be given back to the parents for them to even bury their child. My prayers are with the parents and the other children. The child we know is in Heaven with the Lord our Saviour and has no worries. The parents,however,have to deal with the grief of the death and the people around them chastizing and judging them for their decision that they made as a family. A miscarriage that early may not pose a "health problem" to the mother other than a heavy bleeding, like a heavy cycle. Be humans and let them know that you care and pray that healing occurs. It is always tragic to lose a child, no matter how young. I know, I have 5 and lost 2.

  • VT1994Hokie Mar 28, 2008

    I totaly agree with several writers. This is NOT NEWS WORTHY.

  • LoveOneAnotherAsChristTaught Mar 28, 2008

    Thanks to God they buried the child and set a cross over it. Going to the hospital = taking on a large bill that they probably couldn't afford to pay...and for what? What's done is done...it was a miscarriage.

    This is a private matter that should never had made the news.

    RIP Little One.

  • f6rider Mar 28, 2008

    It was a human life at conception, god knew this little one.
    I don't see that the parents did any thing wrong either.

  • The DA Mar 28, 2008

    WRal just wants this blog to be used. They should be ashamed for posting this as news. Back before government was considered Big Brother, it was common to do this type of thing. Times have changed, but our compassion for people shouldn't have.