Second person arrested in case of baby found in KY dumpster - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Second person arrested in case of baby found in KY dumpster

Sgt. David Shepherd was one of the first to respond. He said this call was unlike any he'd seen. Sgt. David Shepherd was one of the first to respond. He said this call was unlike any he'd seen.
Dumpster where newborn baby was found earlier on Thursday afternoon. (Source: Mollie Lair/KFVS) Dumpster where newborn baby was found earlier on Thursday afternoon. (Source: Mollie Lair/KFVS)
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged a 15 year old female on Sunday in connection with the disposal of the infant in a dumpster on July 30, 2015.

The girl was taken into custody and transported to the McCracken County Regional Detention Center.

She faces charges of complicity to attempted murder, criminal abuse 1st degree, and tampering with physical evidence.

McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden says the baby was found in a dumpster at Fernwood Apartments at Berger Road and Goodman Drive around 3 p.m.

The child was taken to the hospital and stabilized.

The sheriff's department reports a search warrant was issued to search the home and numerous pieces of evidence were collected that pertained to this investigation.

Hayden reports a witness called police and reported that it appeared someone may have dumped a baby in the dumpster.

Following witness reports, detectives identified a 17-year-old black male as a person of interest in being the individual that had dumped the infant in the dumpster.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, that man was located and taken into custody.

The sheriff's department reports the juvenile admitted to being the individual responsible for the incident during an interview.

The 17-year-old is now facing charges for attempted murder, criminal abuse in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence.

Sgt. Darrin Frommeyer with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department said the teen is the boyfriend of the baby's 15-year-old mother, who was taken to a hospital with bleeding hours after the baby was found.

At the time of the incident, witnesses reported seeing a man put an item in the dumpster, looked to see what it was and saw what appeared to be a full term newborn infant, according to Matt Carter with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.

A nearby officer responded to the 911 call and climbed in to tend to the child.

That first responder was Sgt. David Shepherd with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department. He said it's hard for anybody to prepare for such a call.

"No matter any law enforcement training you provide for us, articulate or tactical or anything like that; and then you place a newborn baby in front of us. There's not normal training for that," he said. "And it's all hands on deck for that one."

Shepherd said the baby was treated by paramedics on scene before being transferred to an area hospital where the infant remained on Friday night.

"The medical personnel did actually have to get inside of the dumpster as well to care for the child," he said.

The male juvenile was transported and is being held in the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press also contributed to this story.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Carbondale tames alcohol laws during eclipse weekend

    Carbondale tames alcohol laws during eclipse weekend

    Thursday, August 17 2017 10:03 PM EDT2017-08-18 02:03:00 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    As part of kicking off eclipse festivities the city of Carbondale is allowing the open carry of alcoholic beverages in a specific area downtown.

    As part of kicking off eclipse festivities the city of Carbondale is allowing the open carry of alcoholic beverages in a specific area downtown.

  • KY Emergency Management activated for solar eclipse

    KY Emergency Management activated for solar eclipse

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:44 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:44:30 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    The Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will activate the State Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort and a Regional Response Coordination Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky for the August 21st solar eclipse.

    The Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will activate the State Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort and a Regional Response Coordination Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky for the August 21st solar eclipse.

  • Jury convicts TN man for 2016 murder

    Jury convicts TN man for 2016 murder

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:24 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:24:24 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    On Thursday, August 17, a jury in Fulton County issued a guilty verdict in the October 1, 2016 murder of Mark Williams.

    On Thursday, August 17, a jury in Fulton County issued a guilty verdict in the October 1, 2016 murder of Mark Williams.

Powered by Frankly