Infant girl's body found under leaves at reservoir Police suspect mother, who led them to site

August 07, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

The body of an infant girl, covered with leaves, was found last night in a heavily wooded section of Prettyboy Reservoir in northwest Baltimore County and the girl's mother is considered a suspect in the death, according to a state police spokesman.

The spokesman, Capt. Greg Shipley, said the mother, who is in her 20s and a resident of Taneytown in Carroll County, led troopers from the Westminster Barracks to the body after they went to her home about 5: 30 p.m. to respond to a report of a drug overdose.

"It was while the officers were talking to the woman that she reportedly told them of the child's death and where it was buried," Shipley said.

He said about 7 p.m., the woman and several troopers arrived at a woods at the top of a hill off Gunpowder and Foreston roads near Beckleysville. About 400 feet into the woods, the girl's body was found under a pile of leaves.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, Shipley said.

He said the mother was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment of a possible drug overdose. After treatment, she was to be interviewed by homicide detectives.

Police did not release the names of the child and mother.

Pub Date: 8/07/96

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