LOUISBURG — Franklin County sheriffs deputies discovered a newborn girl buried in a shallow grave on Sunday night, according to Sheriff Jerry Jones.
A person who had heard third-hand about the babys birth alerted Louisburg police about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jones said. The person told police he had heard that an acquaintance had received a text message about a concealed birth, according to Jones.
He said, If I dont tell somebody, I cant live with myself, Jones said.
The police contacted sheriffs deputies, who followed the tip to a home in a subdivision, where theyd been told they might find a teenager who had given birth recently.
Deputies didnt find the 16-year-old girl, and her father told them it seemed to be a sick prank, Jones said. The deputies left the house and asked a series of other people about the case over the next several hours.
At 10 p.m., the teens father called deputies.
He said he put a lot of thought into what we said and he had found what we were looking for, Jones said Monday evening.
The man had found one of his yard tools and a freshly tilled patch in the yard beside his house, Jones said. When deputies uncovered the spot, they found an 8.5-pound infant girl in a bag, Jones said.
Deputies sent the body to the state medical examiners office, which reported Monday that it showed no signs of trauma and had apparently been born healthy on Sunday, Jones said.
Its looking more and more that it was a live birth, he said. We were hoping that that wasnt the case.
The teenage girls father told authorities that she had spent an unusually long time in the bathroom on Sunday morning, but that he otherwise had noticed nothing suspicious, according to Jones. Authorities have not released the name of the father or daughter.
The person believed to be the father of the infant is a juvenile teenager, Jones said.
No charges have been filed, but the sheriffs office has launched a full-fledged investigation and is talking with the district attorney, Jones said.
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