HOUSTON – Authorities were investigating after the remains of an infant were found buried at a mobile home park in southwest Houston Thursday morning.
Houston police received a call around 6:30 a.m. in regard to a dead infant in the 3500 block of Darlinghurst.
Investigators said, on Wednesday, a 17-year-old went to a hospital complaining about abdominal pain. The teen notified hospital staff that she had given birth on Monday and the infant was not alive. She also said she buried the body at her home.
It was determined the teen was about 25-weeks pregnant when she delivered.
Police said it’s not clear if the premature baby was alive at the time of delivery, or if the teen had a miscarriage.
Investigators found an unearthed patch of ground where the body had been placed.
“I want to make sure that everyone knows that people find themselves in all types of situations, and if there is a possibility that a child is born and the conditions and situations are not suitable to keep that child or care for that child, the Baby Moses Law is still in effect. They can take that baby to a fire station or an area hospital and give that child over to someone. They cannot leave the baby at a door or just on sight, they do need to give the baby to someone, no questions asked. So, for anyone who may be in a similar situation that is always an option,” said HPD assistant chief Chandra Hatcher.
Investigators said the teen’s family and friends did not know she was pregnant.
The Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the infant’s cause of death.