Safe Surrender. Prepared by the Health Law Section of the NC Bar Association (Presenter’s Contact Information). Overview. Safe Surrender Law Law Prior to Safe Surrender Available Resources What Providers Can Do. Safe Surrender Law.
Prepared by the Health Law Section of the NC Bar Association
(Presenter’s Contact Information)
I was the detective that responded to our county landfill where employees had reportedly discovered a dead newborn baby. I had the misfortune of witnessing the aftermath of what happens to a baby after being thrown into a dumpster and sent through the bailing process. The baby had been compressed into an 8x6 bail and the baby’s legs were seen hanging out of the bail just seconds before she would have been dumped and buried amongst our filth.
I saw a baby whose body had lacerations about her legs and her skin was ripped in different areas of her body. Her wavy brown hair covered head was cut in half and was mashed. Her legs were twisted beyond belief, and I tried to convince myself that I was not looking at a baby but the blood covered little hands and feet told me otherwise. I was looking at a real life horror story that I, for one, will never forget. An investigation ensued.
An autopsy showed that the brown-haired, brown-eyed, six and one-half pound baby girl had been carried full-term and was born alive. The autopsy showed that she had air in her stomach and air in her lungs. The Medical Examiner determined that the baby had died as a result of "intentional suffocation.“
Testimony given by Sheriff Robert Holland Sheriff, Macon County, North Carolina
House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, March 13, 2001