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Remains of infant found buried in Leland backyard


Acting on a tip, the State Bureau of Investigation, along with Leland Police unearthed the body of a baby buried in the backyard of a Leland home on Maplewood Court.

Neighbors are understandably upset, especially those who have children. “It upsets you,” said neighbor James Nelson. “I couldn’t ever do something like that to one of my kids. How could someone else do something like that to their kids?”

A neighbor who would not go on camera told WWAY the young man who lived at 1045 Maplewood Court was painting their living room on Sunday, and said his girlfriend had a miscarriage. Police will not confirm when the baby was delivered, or buried.

“Any time you have a case involving something like this it pulls on the heart strings of the community and the officers working the case,” said Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne. “Again, until we have a good analysis of what was collected we really don’t know what exactly we have and I don’t want to speculate.”

Chief Jayne said autopsy results will determine the course of the investigation. That is when we will know more about the infant’s age, and cause of death. The SBI and Leland Police are questioning several people. So far, no arrests, but police are considering concealment of the birth of a child, and concealment of death as possible charges.

According to Brunswick County tax records, the home is owned by a Howard Payne. Neighbors said Payne passed away and his son was living in the house. No one in the house would comment.

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videoThere was a gruesome discovery in the backyard of a Leland home Wednesday afternoon. Police uncovered the remains of a buried infant. Now, an investigation is underway to determine the cause of death and who, if anyone, will face arrest.

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