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Police: Newborn Baby Found In Grocery Bag Buried In Teen Mom’s Backyard

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LOUISBURG, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — Authorities say the body of a newborn baby was found buried in a backyard in North Carolina.

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 grocery bag.

“(They) began doing their own rethinking of what happened during the day, found some tools out of place, some soil that had been disturbed and found this newborn, dead baby in their yard,” Jones told WRAL.

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

Authorities tell WRAL that they believe the baby was born on Sunday inside the home the 16-year-old girl shares with her parents.

“The discovery of a newborn that is deceased and in these conditions, it is terrible,” Jones told WRAL.

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

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