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Cumberland Authorities Find Dead Newborn At Trash Dump

Posted December 24, 2003

— The Cumberland County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of a newborn baby found in a trash dump.

Authorities say workers at Paper Stock Dealers Inc., a cardboard recycling business on Mid Pine Road, were sorting through boxes around 1 p.m. Wednesday when they saw blood on them. Workers eventually found the body of a newborn boy.

Workers at the facility are still trying to come to grips with what happened.

"We understand the bad side of life along with the good, but this is just terrible," worker Gene Ousley said.

Investigators said there was no signs of trauma on the newborn. Authorities are talking to the driver of a truck that brought in some of the boxes to pinpoint which Dumpster the baby could have been in.

Authorities said the baby was a white male and they believe the mother may have been seven months pregnant when she gave birth. His body will be taken to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill to determine the cause of death.

For the past four years, Cumberland County investigators have been trying to solve another case involving a dead newborn. "

Baby Michael

" was found on the side of a road in the Gray's Creek community in 1999. Members of the sheriff's office named the newborn after the patron saint of law enforcement.


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