Possible Infant’s Remains Found in Trash Bags by Man Running Cable Under N.C. Home

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A man working under a North Carolina home told police he made a gruesome discovery – multiple bags containing what appeared to be the remains of a human child.

Investigators spoke to Pamela McBride, the woman who leases the house at 102 Hartley Drive in Smithfield, North Carolina, who confirmed she had also lived there with her son and his fiancee.

McBride said she asked her son to run a cable under the house and that’s when he noticed the trash bags. She said he opened the bags and realized they contained remains of “something once living,” according to warrants obtained by WTVD.

He told his mother and immediately called 911 – officers responded Saturday afternoon to investigate the call and confirmed that the remains were of a human child, possibly an infant.

The remains appeared to include a foot, approximately the size of a newborn’s, among other body parts, according to the warrant. Someone had wrapped them in towels and put them in three separate trash bags.

McBride told police she believes her daughter, who lived with her on and off over the years – including at 102 Hartley Drive – struggled with drug addiction, and secretly gave birth multiple times.

She  estimated her daughter has been pregnant approximately “10 times,” but only knew the whereabouts of three of her children, according to the warrants. Police have not confirmed McBride’s allegations.

McBride currently has custody of two of her daughter’s children, a 7-year-old girl and 8-month-old boy.

As of Monday afternoon, no arrests have been made in connection with the investigation.


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