Local News

Abandoned Infant Laid to Rest; Community Turns Out to Say Goodbye

Posted March 29, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST

— A baby left to die on the side of a Cumberland County road has been laid to rest.

Deputies, police officers, soldiers and members of Cumberland County's Grays Creek community filled Harris Chapel Church Tuesday morning to say goodbye to baby Michael.

Earlier this month, the newborn wasfound in a ditchalong Canady Pond Road. Investigators believe someone threw the baby out of a car window.

Members of Grays Creek community where the baby was found were saddened and outraged by the incident. Citizens made sure the newborn would not be abandoned in death.

Members of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office named the baby Michael after the patron saint of law enforcement and the guardian angel of children.

Employees planned the funeral and the community responded.

"It just really got to all of us. We needed closure. We feel we needed to come," says Melanie Melton, a Grays Creek resident.

Investigators are still looking for the person who dumped the hours old newborn on the side of the road.

Autopsy results revealed the child died of trauma, internal injuries and exposure.