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Rocky Mount Community Mourns Slain Baby

Posted February 23, 2007

— Dozens of people gathered Friday for a small graveside service to remember a newborn baby who police said was murdered and left into a dumpster.

The 2-day-old boy 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.

Officers who have spent countless hours trying to solve the case, wanted to make sure the baby had a proper burial.

"We're just trying to step up and do the right thing in this case," said Rocky Mount Police Detective Mike Lewis. "I mean, this is still a child, it was someone's baby."

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.

"There is a mother and father of this child, and we really want this person to come forward," Lewis said.

The Rocky Mount Police Department and Nash County Social Services organized the funeral service. Local groups are now raising money for a head stone.

There is also a $10,000 reward for information in the case. Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers at 252-977-1111.

On Feb. 6, authorities in Duplin County found a male baby deceased at a vacant house. He was wrapped in a blanket. Members of the Warsaw community will hold a service for the child Monday at 2 p.m.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Warsaw Police Department at 910-293-7816.

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  • happilychildfree Feb 24, 2007

    >> ok, if you think religion should be discussed at a sight for it, then so do sick jokes

    Fair enough.

    Also... The last two posts are excellent examples of posts that stay on the subject AND mention that prayers are with them.

    I am not a monster, pig, or anything else you want to call me. I'm not a murderer, prisoner, or sex offender. I'm a middle-age, middle-class married man living in the triangle trying to get through life. Same as you I would imagine. I just don't share the same belief system as you. I promise to curb the seemingly lees than widely humorous remarks if you can try and control religious-only posts that don't serve any point either. Deal?

  • CarolinaGirl25 Feb 24, 2007

    That is so sad. I dont see how anyone can harm let alone kill an innocent child. I know there are situations where the mother doesnt want the child but there are other options. I hope they find this mother or the person(s) who commited this crime and punish them to the maximum extent. I cant say enough how angry I am that someone murders a child. That angers me then words could ever say. What is wrong with people in this world today? Why murder an innocent child who never asked to be brought in this world in the first place? I guess those are two questions that will never get answered. May this baby RIP...My prayers and thoughts are with everyone involved whom this case has touched.

  • Just a thought Feb 24, 2007

    kaecee, this may have been answered but I felt maybe you should have an answer if it hasn't. The DNA of that child has been collected and I am sure waiting for processing. In due time it will be placed in a search against all available typing done on the record so far. But, if the childs' parents have never been typed, and their siblings and parents have never been typed, and the babys' siblings (if there are any)have never been typed, then there is nothing to compare the childs DNA to. In the future who knows they may get a hit.

  • mom2threecld Feb 24, 2007

    and george carlin would have never been so distasteful, disrecpectful and heartless

  • mom2threecld Feb 24, 2007

    nogodinme, ok, if you think religion should be discussed at a sight for it, then so do sick jokes

  • The Auditor Feb 24, 2007

    You can dress yourself up anyway you want, nogodinme, but you are still a pig, you know it and we know it...it is obvious you don't have children...or are they playing in a dumpster?

  • truth Feb 24, 2007

    nogodinme:I have three quick things for you: 1)We are not at a George Carlin show, we are on a public forum 2)Nobody here likes you 3)Didn't you mention before that you conceded and were going away?????????????????????????????????????????????????/

  • happilychildfree Feb 24, 2007

    Y'all need to realize that I am not trying to infringe on any part of you or your expression of religion except to talk about news and a news site. Talk about religion at a site best suited for it. I make fun of your religion because you stick it out there for us all to see and then I get beat on for laughing at you for it. BTW, I have not reported a single one of you guys for calling me idiot, loser, troll, and a-hole. Never gave it a single thought and I'm sorry that you feel you must try to get the moderators to allow your comments and not mine. It saddens me.

    Some people thought my original comments distasteful. Fine. If we were sitting at a George Carlin concert you might nearly be laughing at the same comments. They may have been in bad taste (in your opinion), but there is no law against bad taste.

    This country is plenty big for all of us if we can just not try and be holier-than-thou.

  • The Auditor Feb 24, 2007

    nogodinme should have been the one in the dumpster...

  • timothymozingo Feb 24, 2007

    What a sad situation. These two innocent little babies never even had a chance to grow up. I'm glad the towns where they were found are giving them a proper funeral and burial. It was hard to hold back the tears while watching the the broadcast on WRALTV5 NEWS. Seeing that little casket and the teddy bear place in front of it. It makes you wonder how anyone could do such a thing as killing an innocent little baby and leaving them in a dumpster.