A teenage girl has come forward as the mother of a newborn girl found by a caretaker at Perry Cemetery last month.
The 18-year-old notified police after seeing media coverage of the discovery and has been cooperating with the investigation, Carrollton police spokeswoman Jolene DeVito said Monday.
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Detectives are awaiting test results to determine whether the baby, who still had her umbilical cord attached, was born alive. The child weighed just under 6 pounds and was estimated to be between 34 weeks to full term.
A caretaker found the infants body in the soil of a flowerpot on March 11. Officials believed the flowerpot was brought to the cemetery on Perry Road near Sherwood Lane between Feb. 27 and March 2.
The mother of an infant who was found buried inside a flowerpot at a Texas cemetery last month has come forward to police, officials said. (Google Street View)
The mother of a baby who was found buried inside a flowerpot at a Texas cemetery last month came forward to authorities after seeing news coverage of the story, officials said.
The unidentified 18-year-old woman identified herself as the mother of the baby, the Carrollton Police Department stated in a news release Monday.
Her baby was found on March 11 by a caretaker at the Perry Cemetery in Carrollton, a city roughly 20 miles northwest of Dallas, police previously said.
The caretaker "emptied what he knew to be an out of place flowerpot and discovered the body of a deceased infant beneath the pot's soil," the news release said.
Authorities said the baby "was a girl, 34 weeks to full term, and weight just under six pounds."