Police Locate Person Of Interest In Death Of Newborn

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email
Killeen police said Monday they have located a woman who was a person of interest in the death of a newborn baby at Walmart last Friday.

The newborn was found dead in a restroom Friday at the Killeen Walmart store.. (File)

KILLEEN (December 10, 2012)—Killeen police have located a woman who was a person of interest in the death of a newborn girl last Friday inside a Walmart restroom.

A news release sent from Killeen police Monday morning said the woman came to police headquarters on Sunday and spoke with detectives, who have said they do not believe she was involved with the infant's death.

Smith said officers were sent at around 1:50 p.m. last Friday to the store at 1400 Lowe's Blvd. after an employee reported finding the newborn baby girl's body inside a restroom at the back of the store.

Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the infant dead and ordered an autopsy.

It was not known if the infant was stillborn or how it may have died.

Officers were talking to the employee who found the child.

Police say they're looking for the mother because they fear she may need immediate medical attention and are hoping someone may come forward with more information.

"We would like to advise the mother to seek medical attention immediately or to contact the police department and we will assist her in seeking that medical attention she may need," the department said in a press release Friday evening.

"At this point we are giving the investigators all the resources they need for their investigation," said Wal-Mart corporate spokeswoman Ashley Hardie.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the mother or the incident to call Bell County Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS.

Tips may also be submitted online.


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