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NEW INFO: Deputies Believe NC Teen Hid Her Pregnancy From Parents

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A North Carolina sheriff says a 16-year-old girl likely hid her pregnancy from her parents and gave birth to a girl who was found buried in the family's backyard.

Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said Tuesday the baby was born Sunday. He says investigators found the 8.5-pound baby girl Sunday night.

Investigators are awaiting a final report from the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death. Jones says authorities believe the baby was dead when she was buried but may have been alive at birth.

Jones says someone came to authorities after overhearing a conversation about the pregnancy.

At first, the family said no one had given birth. The father of the teenager later called authorities after finding evidence of the birth.

No charges have been filed.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


Authorities say the body of a newborn baby was found buried in a yard in Louisburg.

Sheriff Jerry Jones said deputies responding to a tip went to a home near Louisburg on Sunday evening and asked to speak to a teenage girl they believed to be the mother. Jones said they left when told the girl was not home.

The sheriff said the girl's father later called the deputies and asked them to return. When they did, they were directed to a shallow grave where the 8½-pound baby girl was found in a bag.

Jones said the state medical examiner's office said the baby had been born healthy. It was not clear how and when she died.

Jones said the teenage girl is hospitalized, and no charges have been filed pending further investigation.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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