Newborn Baby Found in Cumberland County Ditch
Posted March 3, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST
FAYETTEVILLE — Cumberland County investigators are trying to figure out who dumped a newborn baby by the side of the road Wednesday, and left it to die.
The body was found in a ditch off Canady Pond Road in the Grays Creek Community. Autopsy results have revealed the child died of trauma, internal injuries and exposure.
Investigators believe the baby was thrown out of a car window when it was just several hours old.
Murder charges could be filed against the mother, once authorities find her.
People who live where the newborn was found want to know how anyone could do something like this.
Neill Fowler drove up to the scene seconds after the newborn's body was found.
"I asked them what was going on and he said 'There's a baby over there' and I said 'No.' And I walked over there and there was a newborn baby wrapped up in a garbage bag thrown out on the side of the road," Fowler says.
Investigators spent hours at the crime scene talking to neighbors and looking for traces of blood.
Residents of the small, quiet community say they can't believe a mother could be so heartless.
"It's sickening, very sickening," Fowler says. "I just ask myself if God would forgive them even if they ask for forgiveness. That's pretty rotten to give birth and then throw it out like that."