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UPDATE: Infant found dead in closet of Christiansburg home

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:28:04 AM EST
Updated On: Oct 02 2013 07:17:28 PM EDT

Police in Christiansburg say they found a dead baby decomposing in a closet, inside the home of a woman who denies being the mother.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -

The Christiansburg Police Department is investigating the discovery of an infant found dead in a closet early Saturday morning.

The investigation began when doctors at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery contacted the Christiansburg Police Department about a female patient who appeared to have recently given birth. The woman denied having a baby.

Officers obtained and executed a search warrant for the home in the 100 block of East Street around 3:15 a.m. Saturday. Investigators found the decomposed remains of an infant inside of a closet. The baby was wrapped in a bag.

The baby was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for further investigation.

The Christiansburg Police Department calls the discovery suspicious, but says it’s not clear at this time whether foul play was involved. No charges have been filed.

In the search warrant affidavit, Christiansburg police said the woman was bleeding when she arrived at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.  She had surgery and doctors said a placenta, consistent with a third trimester pregnancy, was present and causing the bleeding.  The woman, who is not being identified by WDBJ7, told investigators she had no knowledge of being pregnant or of giving birth, according to the search warrant.

A neighbor, Amanda Griffith, told WDBJ7 that she was with the mother up until she went to the hospital Friday night. We asked Griffith if her friend looked pregnant.

"No," Griffith said. "I was talking to a friend and I'd asked him if she was pregnant cause you know her belly was a little big. And I even asked her  and we were saying she was pregnant and she said she was never pregnant."

Another neighbor said she saw police removing the baby from the house early Saturday morning and said it was a horrible sight.