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Police: Newborn Found in Trash Bin Was Killed

Posted February 12, 2007

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— Police on Monday declared that the case of a dead newborn found in a Dumpster in Rocky Mount last week is a homicide.

The medical examiner determined the infant was a white boy who was 2 days old. The baby was found Feb. 7 by a person looking for recyclable cans behind the Food Lion in the River's Edge shopping center off U.S. Highway 301.

Police said the infant was not wearing any clothes and the umbilical cord was still attached.

"Based off information provided by the medical examiner's office, this case is now being investigated as a homicide. I want to make it clear this is not a case of an abandoned child or a stillborn case. This is a homicide," said Detective Mike Lewis of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Authorities haven't disclosed the cause of death, and police said the infant might have been killed elsewhere and dumped in Rocky Mount.

Investigators found an additional clue near the child in the Dumpster -- a large plastic Cheetos bucket. The particular style of bucket was made only in 2005 and distributed only to Sam’s Clubs and BJ’s Warehouses.

Rocky Mount didn't have either of those warehouse clubs in 2005, although a Sam's Club recently opened in town.

Police have received some leads from the public. A $10,000 reward also has been established with money donated by the police department and from inidividuals.

"That is a high-traveled area. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic in that area. It's a shopping center, and it would have been very possible for someone to have seen something in that area," Lewis said.

The newborn's body remains in the custody of the medical examiner's office. But members of the community have already requested the chance to offer the infant a proper burial if the parents aren't located.

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  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 13, 2007

    This is sad.

  • mom2threecld Feb 12, 2007

    our laws need to get tougher so that when these crimes are committed, examples are made and hopeful will detour others. there are a lot of people who would have loved to have that baby that can't have their own or even just add to the family. what is wrong with our society?? hope whoever did it is caught, and punished. and i don't want to pay for life in prison, death penalty sounds good to me...

  • mikeNC Feb 12, 2007

    How backwards is this world? Police finding a baby boy in a trash dumpster, and the trash that put him there is still walking the street.

  • pwilliamson53 Feb 12, 2007

    Whatever the woman's reason for doing this to a child that wasn't asked to be brought into this world needs to stop, think about the life you just gave birth to and then turn yourself in for some serious help. After 9 months of being pregnant where was your thoughts? There are so many women out there that would give anything to have a child and yet there are those women that can give birth and throw them away like a piece of trash. Why?? This little innocent child never had a say or a chance cause the women which isn't a "Mother" threw him away...What is this world coming too? Please make it known they have a choice. And for those that jump into the grown up world, be ready to support and care for what you might conceive.

  • mikeNC Feb 12, 2007

    tauron is correct, we all can spread that word.

  • mikeNC Feb 12, 2007

    crckttsgr, If you wish to see some real insanity, look back at some of the comments from the first report of this child. Referring to some of the comments on the previous report insane would be an insult to the insane. Some went as far as to somehow justify this murder.
    Sad and Fooling

  • Thomas Jefferson Feb 12, 2007

    obviously folks there are young women who are not aware of the safe surrender law, or do not really understand it. Please do your best to make an effort to get the word out.

  • woody Feb 12, 2007

    you all are right it is sad
    but millions are killed everyday and no one seems to care about them
    you make the excuse its the moms choice its her body she has the right to do with it as she wants
    but god said i knew you before you left the wound
    that tells me that all of us were life
    regardless of what they tell you life beging at the time of conception
    to say it dosent is calling gods words lies

  • crckttsgr Feb 12, 2007

    Well there you go. It was a homicide. I made comments on this a week ago when the story came out. Most people seemed to be saying pretty much the same I was saying. But then there were the others that wanted to blame everyone from the president (and no, I'm not a fan of his, lol) to the bag boy at the grocery store. Well here you go, those of you that think the only person NOT to blame is the mother and/or father of this child. It was MURDER in the worst way. I really want someone find some innane way to defend THIS!! Oh but lets pull that damn snickers ad off the air so no one's feelings get hurt!!!

  • Monkey Love Feb 12, 2007

    I can't understand, with the safe surrender laws we have to protect newborn babies, people are still leaving and dumping babies off like trash. What's the deal here?