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Investigators want to interview Franklin Co. teen mom

Posted July 1

— 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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  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 1, 12:34 p.m.

    She's not a MOM any more as she took care of that...

    Sad as thousands of couples across North Carolina, who for many various reasons can't conceive a child, would have given this child a loving home.

  • Southern Girl Jul 1, 12:55 p.m.

    God bless this innocent baby girl. There is a new angel in heaven.

  • peace2u Jul 1, 12:58 p.m.

    How could her parents not notice she was carrying an 8.5 pound baby? Was she that obese?

  • gingerlynn Jul 1, 1:11 p.m.

    All she had to do was leave it at any firestation or law enforcement office and turn around and walk out. No questions asked.

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Jul 1, 1:11 p.m.

    Let's not judge the parents or the girl! She comes from a nice family and if they knew she was pregnant this would not have happened. I had a friend in high school that carried in her hips and never got a belly nobody including her parents knew she was pregnant until she delivered. Maybe just maybe the boyfriend had something to do with this....not saying he did but it's a possibility. So let's not judge them until we find out what happened.

  • dirkdiggler Jul 1, 1:19 p.m.

    Let us not judge this girl? Are you serious? I'm sorry, but at her age, she should have known right from wrong, and this was so very, terribly wrong.

  • Super Hans Jul 1, 1:31 p.m.

    Throw the book at her!

  • A person Jul 1, 1:42 p.m.

    Throw the book at her!

    — Posted by Super Hans

    Absolutely

  • raleighdurham Jul 1, 1:47 p.m.

    WRAL -- pleeeeeeeease take this opportunity to include information about safe haven! parents of unwanted babies up to 7 days old can take them to any fire station, hospital, EMS station, or police station. no requirements, no questions, no reason not to.

  • elkerster Jul 1, 1:56 p.m.

    Let's not judge the parents or the girl! She comes from a nice family and if they knew she was... View More

    — Posted by SouthernBornSouthernBred

    Nope. She is old enough to know right from wrong and if the father did have something to do with it then she should have called the cops.

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