Deputies: Baby found buried in backyard

LOUISBURG, N.C. - A baby was found buried in the backyard of a North Carolina home, deputies said.

According to investigators, the body of a full-term, eight pound baby girl was found at about 10 p.m. Sunday in the Fox Ridge subdivision of Louisburg. That's in Franklin County, about 30 miles northeast of Raleigh.

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.  There were no apparent injuries.

Investigators said they think the 16-year-old mother acted alone and that her parents were not aware of the incident.

The teen mother is at WakeMed, and no charges have been filed pending further investigation.

Police are not releasing her name.

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