Mother Sentenced To 36 Months Probation For Throwing Baby Away

An Onslow County woman whose newborn baby was found dead in a dumpster in 2008 has been sentenced to 36 months supervised probation.

Dana Browning got probation along with 100 hours of community service. She was never charged in the death of the child, only how the body was disposed of in curbside garbage can. The baby's body was discovered by a man collecting garbage at an apartment complex in Hubert.

Previous story from November 2008:

Deputies in Onslow County have made an arrest in the case of a dead newborn found in a garbage truck last month.

Deputies have charged the mother of the child with concealing the birth of a child, and failure to report a death. 19-year-old Dana Browning is also charged with obstructing justice.

Investigators say when initially question, Browning lied to them. Eventually, deputies say they were able positively determine that Browning was the mother of the baby.

An autopsy could not determine whether the baby was born alive, deputies say, because of the decomposition of the remains.

A garbage truck driver made the gruesome discovery October 27th while emptying garbage at the Sandy Oaks apartment complex in Hubert.