Fetus found buried; mother not charged

December 29, 2012

A fetus that was found buried near a Granbury residence died of a natural cause, and no criminal charges related to the death are expected to be filed, District Attorney Rob Christian announced on Wednesday.

An anonymous tip about the fetus being buried near a home just off Weatherford Highway was given to a Dallas police officer on Dec. 17, Christian said.

Hood County’s Crimes Against Children Task Force was contacted and “later confirmed through interviews that the remains of a fetus (believed to be no more than 20 weeks in gestation) was buried near a residence off of Highway 51 North, in the city of Granbury,” Christian said.

“The information we had is that a baby was buried, and we had to get to the bottom of it to find out if there was foul play,” Christian said, noting that the baby’s mother lived in the home near the burial site.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth ruled on Dec. 21 that the death came as a result of a natural cause, Christian said.

The mother of the child had felony warrants out of another county, and was arrested on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, according to Christian. Another person who was included in the investigation is being sought on outstanding warrants, but not in connection with the death of the fetus, Christian said.

“The Task Force and members of the the Granbury Police Department maintained a watch on the residence (approximately 40 straight hours) until the excavation team could arrive,” Christian stated. “On Thursday, December 20, 2012, a search warrant was executed at the residence by members of the Task Force and the Texas Rangers.”

He added that the remains were quickly found, in a shallow grave.

“Justice of the Peace Danny Tuggle ordered an autopsy of the remains,” Christian said. “The remains are believed to have been underground for about 10 days.”

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