April 03, 2009
Erica Kelly Left A Baby To Die In A Trash Pile - Boyfriend’s Family Say They Never Noticed She Was Pregnant. Blame Affair
Waxhaw, North Carolina (The Weekly Vice) -- Erica Denise Kelly, a 22-year-old North Carolina woman was arrested Thursday afternoon after authorities say she delivered a live baby and left it to die in a trash pile.
Kelly was arrested at her job at Gus Family Restaurant after police identified her as the mother of a newborn that was abandoned by a trash pile in February. Union County Medical Examiners say the infant, a baby girl, was born alive at the conclusion of a full-term pregnancy.
Investigators believe the infant survived for about 48 hours after the delivery before finally passing away. An official cause of death has not yet been released.
The infant was found dead on February 24th, however an arrest wasn't made until after investigators were able to link her to the child with DNA evidence. Detectives reportedly took samples from over a dozen people before obtaining a DNA match with Kelly. A second DNA test was performed to confirm the match, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office.
Although investigators have not established an official motive, those close to the case believe the pregnancy was a result of an affair that Kelly was attempting to conceal.
Relatives of Kelly's boyfriend say they were unaware she was pregnant and were in "shock" that they didn't notice that she was 9 months pregnant.
Authorities have not been able to locate the child's father.
"We will not rest until all responsible parties are held accountable for this horrendous crime," said Sheriff's Capt. Mike Easley. "This death absolutely did not have to occur, given the 'Safe Surrender' statutes on the books."
Kelly, who also has a two-year-old son, was booked into the Union County Jail on murder charges. Her first court appearance has been scheduled for May 6.
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