Graveside service revives baby's case

Baby Michael headstone (WTVD)

December 21, 2009 10:45:55 AM PST
Cumberland County Sheriff Earl Butler and his staff on Monday laid a wreath at the grave of the baby whose body was discovered along a roadside a decade ago.

It's hoped the graveside service at a church in Linden stirs memories about the case. Authorities want someone to come forward with information about the boy given the name Baby Michael.

"We have tried over the last ten years to try to keep this child's name out front so if so one feels the need to come forward talk we would certainly appreciate it because we could put this to rest for this child's sake," explained Sheriff Moose Butler.

The child was less than a day old when his body was found in March 1999. He died from severe blunt force trauma.

"The child was tossed just like a bag of garbage, just laying on the side of the road," said Capt. Mike Casey with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

A reward for information is being offered in the case.

Authorities say the boy was born to a white woman, but neither the mother nor the father have been identified.

Lt. Charlie Disponzio has been investigating the case since August of 2000. He says he's interviewed and ruled out dozens of women in the search for Baby Michael's mother.

"We've DNAed approximately 43 different women - all with negative results. And we've ruled out approximately another dozen or so for various medical reasons or they were in jail at the time," he said.

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