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Infant found in garbage truck appeared to be full-term

Posted October 28, 2008

— Investigators in eastern North Carolina say they have a person of interest in the death of a newborn girl whose decomposed body was found in a garbage truck.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Tuesday that the baby's body was found Monday by an employee of the garbage service who was about to dump a trash can.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said the investigation is continuing.

County medical examiner Dr. Anuradha Arcot said the baby appeared to be full-term and there were no signs of abnormalities.

Under North Carolina's Safe Surrender Law, parents can legally and anonymously surrender their newborn to any responsible adult within seven days of the child's birth as long as it is unharmed.


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  • NCGradGirl15 Oct 29, 2008

    People can just keep thinking that abortion is not as bad as throwing their baby out. It might sound better but it's still just as bad. I don't think the baby should be punished because of the mother's mistake.

  • merrywidow Oct 28, 2008

    Yesterday someone said that this is just as bad as abortion. No. This is a million times worse than an abortion. With an abortion in the first trimester you kill an unwanted fetus that has no fully developed nervous system so it can't feel pain or can be conscience of pain.

    This full term born baby was capable of that. That is cruel.

    Someone probably told the mother that “Abortion is wrong”. No, throwing a baby in the trash is wrong.

    Not all women have choose abortion have regrets. Many are quite relieved, and go on to better themselves so that they can have children when the time is right.

    I mean really, no one intentionally gets pregnant expressly to have an abortion.

  • opd162 Oct 28, 2008

    God bless her tiny soul......

  • Tree Oct 28, 2008

    These situations are so sad. And to think she could have just walked up to a stranger and gave them the baby and they would have been more than happy to take care of it. There are a lot of people who would be glad to take any baby and raise it as their own.
    Our babies have our DNA. Hopefully they will track this person down and punish her for what she did.

  • Caring Oct 28, 2008

    This just breaks my heart. This child never even had a chance. I hope both parents pay for this.

  • onpointe Oct 28, 2008

    Rev, you are right about the men taking responsibility. I saw a bumper sticker that said "irresponsible men love abortion". How true it is.

  • Adelinthe Oct 28, 2008

    ncgrad - "...but no one writes about how sad and tragic it is when a woman has her unborn child aborted."

    Or the guys who get these women pregnant.

    That was the purpose of Wade vs. Roe; not to push abortion, but to give women the same opportunity to walk away from an unplanned pregnancy that men had been doing for generation upon generation.

    Had men ponied up from the beginning, Wade vs. Roe would have had no foundation.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 28, 2008

    bammer66 - "maybe this should be taught in the school systems health classes."

    I've said for years there should be billboards with locations and phone numbers.

    "i bet the woman had no idead she could go out and party.. get knocked up .. and give her baby away without trouble."

    Yeah right, and what about the guy that knocked her up? How about him???

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 28, 2008

    dlentz - "As long as we as a country fail to understand the value of a human life by allowing abortions."

    So you think this didn't happen before abortions? This has gone on from time immemorial. It's sad, but it's the way of nature where some animals eat their young.

    Am praying for the soul of this poor child instead of pushing my own agenda.

    Had the parents been unselfish, they would have put her up for adoption with a loving family.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • dlentz2 Oct 28, 2008

    When is this going to stop, women discarting their newborn babies as if they are trash?

    As long as we as a country fail to understand the value of a human life by allowing abortions. We have become a nation that wants to easily get rid of our problems instead of facing them.