Efernia McClendon Ditched Her Baby

May 17, 2008 at 5:53 am by  

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Opelika, AL – It’s been three months. Three months since a newborn baby girl was found dead, lying face down in a drainage ditch behind an Opelika apartment complex. The tiny body was wrapped in fabric, left outside in the weather. The coroner named her Noelani, because nobody came to claim her. Efernia Kaylee McClendon, 18, was arrested on Friday after a grand jury indicted her in connection with the baby’s death.

Efernia McClendon moved to Opelika in 2006. Before that, she lived in Detroit. Her Myspace says that Efernia had attended Cherry Hill School for the Performing Arts in Inkster, Michigan during 2004 and 2005, but moved to Alabama in 2006, where she enrolled in Lanett High School. Whether she still attends there is unclear.

There’s no indication of a baby. No indication that anyone knew there might even be a baby. And for months, Efernia’s dead baby lay unclaimed, named only by Lee County Coroner Bill Harris and his wife. The community and the Harrises gave Noelani a funeral on February 28.

After extensive investigation it was determined that baby Noelani was born alive, and then killed. Cause of death is still undetermined.

Efernia Kaylee McClendon was charged with manslaughter, a crime for which the penalty is two to 20 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine. She is being held at the Lee County Detention Center on $50,000 bond pending her May 27 arraignment.

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