GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. – An autopsy on a newborn who was found dead in a dumpster was completed Thursday, but the cause of death – and whether the child was ever alive – is still unclear, the Greenwood County Coroner’s Office said.
Greenwood County sheriff’s deputies returned to Wisewood Apartments on Florida Avenue Thursday afternoon and searched a second story apartment unit near the dumpster where someone discovered the dead newborn Wednesday afternoon. Investigators carried out bags of evidence.
“It really got to us because it was just the thought that it could happen this close to home,” said complex resident Stephen Lyda. “The first thought that crossed my mind was how anyone could be so cruel to do that to something that precious.”
The coroner’s office said it is waiting on autopsy test results to determine a cause of death. It said it could have additional information to release as early as Friday.