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Investigators want to interview Franklin Co. teen mom

Posted July 1, 2014

— Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office want to interview the 16-year-old who they say gave birth to a baby found buried in the backyard of a home near Louisburg on Sunday.

Sheriff Jerry Jones said the teen mother, who apparently delivered Sunday night at her parents' home in the Fox Ridge Farms subdivision, had been released from the hospital by Tuesday morning and could "shed some light on things."

Deputies found an 8.5-pound baby girl inside a grocery bag, buried in a shallow grave behind the home, Jones said.

They were asking questions Tuesday about the pregnancy and its outcome. Most importantly, Jones said, is a report from the medical examiner which will determine whether the baby was carried to term and was born alive.

A preliminary report showed no apparent injuries to the baby.

No charges have been filed in the case.

"Our investigation led us to believe that more people than we once thought knew about this pregnancy," Jones said. "We think the father had at least told a couple of friends about the pregnancy, and so our interview base has expanded a little bit.

"If things go the way our investigation is leading us, it could become a death investigation," he said.


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  • A person Jul 3, 2014

    How about an update?

  • Super Hans Jul 1, 2014

    Why was an abortion not an option?

  • Tracy Watson Jul 1, 2014
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    YES! They have the chance to provide valuable information and they are not taking advantage of it.

  • bigpinkstork Jul 1, 2014

    Could the mother have delivered the child and handed it to the father to take to a safe haven? Father saw a way out of 18 years of child support payments . . .

    I'm not saying that's what happened. I'm just saying it's possible.

  • BeachyKeen82 Jul 1, 2014

    From the other story I don't think the girl's parents knew she was pregnant. I don't think it's fair to lay blame on them for what she did. The girl's father is the one that found the baby buried and alerted authorities.

  • A person Jul 1, 2014

    The citizens of NC want more than just an interview. We want charges, and charges of 1st degree murder

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jul 1, 2014
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    "Let's not judge the parents or the girl"....are you kidding me?! A human child was buried in the backyard like trash. The absolute best scenario I can come up with is the baby was born dead and she or her parents - or both - buried the baby in the yard to avoid....what, having to pay for a burial?! If the coroner verifies the baby girl was born alive, than someone killed her and hid the evidence. Horrific any way you look at it.

  • Stacie Hagwood Jul 1, 2014
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    So tragic. So preventable.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 1, 2014
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    agree, mom, at least, needs to be charged. I think more will come out in this story over the next few days. So sad

  • elkerster Jul 1, 2014

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    I'm curious about that too. I know people carry differently but I gave birth to 8lb 11oz 21.5 inch boy. I'm an about average size and I looked like I was carrying a basketball.