CARROLLTON, Texas — A caretaker at a cemetery in Texas has discovered the body of a newborn baby buried inside of a flower pot.
According to reports, on March 11, a grounds caretaker at the Perry Cemetery in Carrollton noticed the pot being “out of place,” and went to empty it out. Underneath the soil was an infant with her umbilical cord attached.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the baby as being a girl, between 34 weeks gestation to full term, and weighing just under six pounds.
“Information from the reporting caretaker indicates the flowerpot was placed in the Perry Cemetery sometime between Wednesday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, March 2,” a press release from the Carrollton Police Department states.
Investigators are now seeking to identify the child, and also to determine whether the baby was alive or stillborn at the time of her birth.
Officials would additionally like to give the infant a proper burial.
It is not yet known what kinds of charges will be filed if and when the mother is located.
As previously reported, Texas has a safe haven law in place that allows mothers of newborns to surrender their children at a local hospital, emergency medical services provider, or welfare agency up to sixty days after birth without any criminal penalties.
“The designated emergency infant care provider has no legal duty to ascertain the parent’s identity, an the parent may remain anonymous,” the law also states. “However, the parent may be given a form for voluntary disclosure of the child’s medical facts and history.”
It also mandates that “[e]ach designated emergency care provider shall post in a conspicuous location a notice stating that the provider is a designated emergency infant care provider location and will accept possession of a child.”
Police have asked for the public’s help in the case. Tips about the child and/or her mother may be submitted to Carrollton Detective Jennifer Cackler at 972-466-3324.
“Dear God, help the authorities to identify the baby so she will be given a proper burial. I pray the mother receives the help she needs,” one commenter wrote under the police department’s Facebook post. “Whatever the outcome, we know You are able to handle it. Amen.”