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Newborn baby found buried in backyard near Louisburg

Posted June 30, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014

— When a newborn baby conceived by teenage parents is buried in the backyard of a home, there are no winners, Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said.

An 8.5-pound baby girl was placed inside a grocery bag and buried in a shallow grave behind a residence in the Fox Ridge Farms subdivision, located near Louisburg, on Sunday, Jones said.

"There are ways around that," he said. "Taking it to a safe drop-off place. Getting prenatal care. Putting the baby up for adoption. There are other options instead of taking a life."

Deputies spoke with the 16-year-old mother early Sunday evening after they received a call about someone concealing childbirth, Jones said.

They returned to the home a few hours later after the teenager’s parents contacted authorities, Jones said.

"(They) began doing their own rethinking of what happened during the day, found some tools out of place, some soil that had been disturbed and found this newborn, dead baby in their yard," Jones said.

Investigators believe the baby was born Sunday inside the home the teen mother shared with her parents, Jones said. A preliminary report from the state Medical Examiner’s Office found that the baby was born healthy, Jones said.

The discovery was tough on deputies, Jones said.

"The discovery of a newborn that is deceased and in these conditions, it is terrible,” he said.

The mother was in the hospital Monday evening recovering from childbirth, Jones said. The father of the child is also a juvenile and is talking to investigators, Jones said.

The baby had no signs of physical trauma, said Jones, who added that the medical examiner's office is determining her cause of death.

"It’s just a situation that went bad very, very quick and it is going to affect several people," Jones said.

No charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation as of Monday, said Jones, who added that investigators are talking with the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office to determine next steps.


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  • Cheree Teasley Jul 3, 2014
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    I think it is the strictest upbringing that causes a teen to go to these kinds of lengths. I say that because my parents were extremely strict, and while my friends would sneak out and go to parties, I found myself panic stricken when my parents got home before the house was fully clean, or if I knocked my drink over, or if I broke something. And, oh man! Grades were the worse. I remember begging my teacher not to speak to my parents after school. She intended to speak to them after class about ways to improve my math. I was behind because we moved often. She assured me I was not in trouble and everything was fine, but what did she know? As I sat there with my parents I didn't hear a single suggestion, my heart pounded, and I waited in terror for the drive home, and the spanking, and the grounding. I'm sure my parents loved me but the fear was constant and unbearable. As a grew it was easier and easier to lie about the small things.

  • Ronnie Merritt Jul 2, 2014
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    For those bashing the parents, read other articles. The parents didn't know she was pregnant. The teen mom's dad is the one who found the baby and immediately called 911. Teen mom's dad noticed some garden tools out of place, looked around and noticed a freshly disturbed piece of ground. He dug up the area and found something most folk couldn't dream up in a nightmare. I'm not exactly sure what possessed this teen to do this but wait and see what comes out of the investigation before you start condemning people.

  • Liz CatWrangler Jul 1, 2014
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    The sex education that I received when I was eleven, yes eleven, in Florida covered everything. Boys and girls were separated and we were taught about our respective reproductive organs and what can occur. We also learned about contraceptives and where to get them free. The girls also learned about pregnancy and in the even of an unwanted one, they told us where we could surrender the baby, with no question asked. This was in the late eighties I received this. I swear Florida seems light years ahead of NC at times. DO the kids in our state not receive this training because as far as I can remember, no one in my class was motivated to have intercourse just because they received this education. SO, to not offer it because it might encourage the kids to engage in this behavior is absolute rubbish. Parents and teacher authority is being overridden by the internet and the exposure they receive to bad influences through it. Parents should not stick their heads in the sand about this topic.

  • PaintedTaz Jul 1, 2014

    I don't want to hear this junk about "she's only 16, she can't make good decisions"....my grandparents were 15 and 17 when they got married, got a home and had four kids that they raised responsibly. Her age is no excuse....it's a horrible tragedy and I hope other young people hear about this and learn that there are other, responsible, LEGAL options when an unplanned pregnancy is brought to term.

  • TeaBagOnLove Jul 1, 2014

    It is a tough time for any teenager when they find out that they have a child on the way. What I wish every girl would do in a situation like this is think about how their parents will react to them having a child. Then think about how they will react to them killing the child.

    I think the reactions would be very different.... one has a positive outcome even after the moment of disappointment or even rage.... The other has a very negative outcome for everyone. Lives are complete destroyed in the later scenario.

  • BarryHatesAmerica Jul 1, 2014

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    You claim Matthew, chapter 7, verses 1-3, which actually reads......

    "1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

    If you are going to quote Scripture, please get it correct.

  • nobody1 Jul 1, 2014

    I wish I knew her I would have ask her to give me the child, loving parents and a home.

  • Sherrill Craig Jul 1, 2014
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    I very seriously doubt ANY member of my family would be callous enough to bury a child, in a grocery baggie, in the back garden.

    and the quote is:
    Matthew 7:1-3King James Version (KJV)

    7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    If you are going to quote Scripture, please get it correct.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 1, 2014
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    said the baby was born HEALTHY

  • BeachyKeen82 Jul 1, 2014

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    I agree. Why the rush to blame the teenager's parents? I doubt they would know about their daughter's pregnancy and then be OK with her disposing of the baby in this manner. Absolutely need to advertise the Safe Haven laws MUCH more in the high schools, and heck the middle schools even. What's worse, telling them there are options, or letting them feel overwhelmed and panic and then kill a child?

    Parents talk to your kids, don't pretend like it can't happen to yours.