FOUNTAIN INN, SC (WSPA) – Authorities are investigating after the remains of a baby were found in an apartment while a deputy was serving eviction papers, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.
It happened Monday at the Fountain Hills Apartments on Chapman Road.
The baby’s remains were found in a bedroom in the third-floor apartment of a female resident who was served eviction papers before the discovery.
Authorities did not provide the baby’s gender or age.
“The landlord was coming down and she was just crying,” said Bianca Jackson, a resident at the complex, “I’m like, ‘Miss Reina, what’s wrong?’ And she was like ‘Bianca, there’s a dead baby up there.”
“You could actually smell it coming down once they lifted the tops open,” Jackson said.
Fountain Inn Police Department are investigating the infant’s death, along with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.
“It’s very sad and very difficult for officers and investigators to have to go in and do their job and determine what took place,” said Fountain Inn Police Capt. Michael Hamilton.
The coroner on scene told 7News, “I don’t know what the circumstances are, but it hurts. It hurts real deep to see this child under this type of situation.”
No arrests had been made as of Monday night.
An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday.morning.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.