Newborn baby found buried in backyard near Louisburg
Posted June 30
Updated July 1
Louisburg, N.C. — 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.