Remains of infant discovered in yard
The lower extremities of an infant were discovered Sunday evening in a homeowner’s yard in Abbey Woods subdivision east of New Salisbury, after the family dog brought it near the house. A 19-year-old woman is being questioned by authorities.
What appears to be the rest of the body was located Monday afternoon.
Det. Richard Bauman of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. said the property owners, whom he declined to identify, called police about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
“They said it wasn’t there when they mowed earlier (on Sunday),” Bauman said, “but it was there later” as they were preparing for a cookout.
The Kentucky Medical Examiner’s office said the baby was a full-term female, but it wasn’t clear if the baby had been delivered alive or stillborn.
On Monday, cadaver dogs searched an area between S.R. 335 and Abbey Woods Drive for other remains. They focused heavily on a creek that runs south of the subdivision because it appeared the body had been submerged in water.
Police and searchers with canines regrouped mid-afternoon and completed a more extensive search of a wooded area behind the home where the first remains were found, Bauman said.
Just before 4 p.m., a canine alerted searchers to more remains.
“We’re pretty sure it’s the rest of the same baby,” Bauman said.
The 19-year-old daughter of the homeowners was questioned, and later she told police that she gave birth to the infant on Sept. 26, Bauman said. The young woman told police the baby was stillborn, but Bauman said that has not been determined yet.
Last year, on May 6, the burned remains of a newborn girl were discovered at a home east of Corydon. A dog also carried that body close to the home.
Carrie E. Dobson, the mother of the baby found last year, was charged with obstruction of justice and abuse of a corpse. In July 2000, she pleaded guilty to the felony charge of abusing a corpse but not guilty to obstruction of justice. Dobson received a 1-1/2 year suspended sentence.
Bauman said he will ask Harrison County Prosecutor Ronald W. Simpson to file charges against the mother of the newborn found Sunday.
“The case is still under investigation,” Bauman said. “We will submit our report to the prosecutor.”