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Investigator unable to tell if baby buried in Lacey-area yard was stillborn, no evidence infant suffered trauma

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
January 3, 2013 7:58 pm

A forensic anthropologist wasn’t able to determine if a baby found buried in the yard of a Lacey-area home was alive when its teen mother gave birth, The Olympian reports.

As such, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office won’t refer criminal charges against the teen mother or father, who were both 16 when the remains were discovered in October.

The investigator found no evidence that the baby, which the mother said was a girl, had suffered trauma, Thurston County Cornor Gary Warnock told The Olympian.

The mother told a school nurse about the pregnancy Oct. 16, the nurse told police, and deputies recovered the remains later that day.

The girl said the child was stillborn.

Lt. Greg Elwin with the sheriff’s office has said the teens were trying to conceal the pregnancy from family and friends, and decided to bury the child.

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