Union County, North Carolina–In February, a story was posted in our forums about the discovery of a dead infant left near a burn pile in Union County. The infant, with umbilical cord still attached, had been full-term and had been born alive. There is a possibility the baby may have lived for several hours after being dumped near the burn pile. With all of the Safe Haven laws that exist, who could do such a thing?
Months later, through DNA, that question has been answered. Erica Denise Kelly gave birth to a full-term baby girl and left her to die in a pile of garbage.
The child was found dead in the front yard of a home on Whispering Hollow Road just after noon on February 24. Investigators say the homeowners left that Tuesday morning and found the baby about 30 feet from the front door when they returned home. Investigators interviewed and collected DNA samples from everyone at the home. Erica Kelly and her boyfriend were in the process of moving into the home where the baby was found, and both were at the scene when officers arrived. She and her boyfriend were among the dozen or so who gave a DNA sample.
The results of the DNA samples came back a few days ago. Kelly, the mother of a 2-year-old son, was a perfect match…her boyfriend was not. Weird, because nobody even suspected Kelly was pregnant at the time. She did a damn good job of hiding her pregnancy, she had everyone fooled…including her boyfriend. A friend of Kelly’s mentioned to investigators that Kelly may have abandoned the baby to hide the affair she had been having. Personally, I think an affair would have been much easier to explain than a dead baby.
Erica Denise Kelly, 22, was arrested at her place of employment on Thursday, a little more than a month after the discovery of Baby Jane Doe. She is being charged with murder and concealing the birth of a child, and is being held in Union County jail with no bond. Authorities are still looking for the father of the child.
The original reports on this story mentioned that the baby may have had deformities. At this time, that can neither be confirmed nor denied.
Information on North Carolina’s Safe Surrender law can be found here.
‘North Carolina’s Safe Surrender Law allows an overwhelmed parent to surrender a newborn to a responsible adult and walk away. The baby will then be placed in a loving home. An infant up to 7 days old may be surrendered to any responsible adult. Safe surrender is anonymous and legal.’
Special2bme has this story posted in the forums.