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Teen father: Bad decisions, fear led to baby's death

Posted July 17
Updated July 18

— The father of a newborn baby girl buried in a backyard last month says a lot of bad decisions and fear led to her death.

"It was sad to see my daughter," said Aaron Davis, 18, who says he first saw his little girl, Emma Marie, at a funeral home.

Davis says the 16-year-old mother of his child was too afraid to tell anyone she was pregnant and chose to hide her growing stomach under large shirts and jackets.

"The last couple months, I kept trying to tell her to tell somebody," he said. "I was telling her to let somebody know."

Davis says the baby's mother texted him the morning her water broke, and they planned to meet at a church. But that never happened. Her next text was the terrible news.

"That was when she told me that the baby didn't make it," Davis said.

Franklin County authorities say the baby may have bled to death after a botched home delivery.

Sheriff Jerry Jones said preliminary autopsy results showed someone may have cut the baby girl's umbilical cord too closely and then failed to stop the child's bleeding. But Jones says the medical examiner may never be able to find the exact cause of death.

Investigators say the 16-year-old Louisburg mother gave birth to the 8.5-pound girl late last month. The girl was placed inside a grocery bag and buried in a shallow grave behind a residence in the Fox Ridge Farms subdivision.

The baby had no signs of physical trauma, Jones said in late June. The case is in the hands of the district attorney, and no arrests have been made. 

Davis says he wants people to know that his baby's mother is a good person, and he has this advice for teenagers: "There are a lot of other options, better than this one."

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  • katinacooper Jul 24, 11:01 a.m.

    If she could have gotten birth control, something that no republican wants any woman to have, she probably wouldn't have gotten pregnant and wouldn't have been arrested.

  • hippie4life Jul 22, 4:02 p.m.

    It takes two to tango. They BOTH need to be charged.

  • bushido2298 Jul 22, 3:52 p.m.

    Clearly she was adult enough to conceive the baby, she knew right from wrong, he knew right from wrong and the parents????? Clueless!!!!

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Jul 18, 5:32 p.m.

    Three options: Have it, adopt it out, or abort it. She had other options. What a shame she felt she didn't.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jul 18, 4:44 p.m.

    Charges need to be brought. He is an adult and knows a lot more than he wants us to believe.

  • heard-it-all-before Jul 18, 4:11 p.m.

    just watched the video.. unbelievable. we're all humans and we're all way more perceptive than liars think. just look at the body language.. clear as day, read him like a book... he looks down, looks left, closes his eyes when he lies, covers his mouth with his hand when he lies, taps his anxious feet when he lies. even mom sitting beside him, lying through her teeth. every word out of her mouth she's busy staring off into outer space because she's struggling to face the truth. thankfully our detectives see every bit of this too. i absolutely can't wait to see every last one of these monsters get sentenced. the whole family, lock em' up, throw away the key. they aren't fooling anyone.

  • heard-it-all-before Jul 18, 3:48 p.m.

    "Davis says he wants people to know that his baby's mother is a good person, and he has this advice for teenagers: "There are a lot of other options, better than this one."

    i'm sorry, did i just hear the pot calling the kettle black? is he now the self-proclaimed expert mentor to all other teens in similar situations, preaching about all the options he didn't make a single ounce of effort to exercise?

    he knew EXACTLY what she was going to do with this. if anything he probably pressured her into it. now he's pretending to be a saint. an innocent bystander. please excuse me i think i'm going to be SICK!

  • dollibug Jul 18, 3:04 p.m.

    There are indeed a lot of *options*....perhaps young people should NOT be having sex until they are ready and willing to accept and deal with the consequences of doing so. Choices and consequences.

  • Monkey_Joe Jul 18, 2:33 p.m.

    If she had killed it a week earlier, this would not even be a story.

  • Mon Account Jul 18, 2:32 p.m.

    The mob mentality here does not speak well of our citizens, folks.
    Mon account...a baby's life... View More

    — Posted by 678devilish

    You missed the part where I said that people need to walk a mile in other's shoes. We don't know the circumstances at all. Why attack them as though they planned this whole thing out? What is gained by conjecture and imaginary situations? Bring the law and bring the law down hard, real hard - they screwed up to the tune of murder. In the meantime... this mob mentality is embarrassing. Tons of assumptions and vengeful words that only add vitriol to the the memory of an innocent life lost.

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