Body of dead newborn found in cooler along Georgia road

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 16:52:37-05

LAGRANGE, Ga. – The body of a dead baby was found in a brightly-colored cooler left along a desolate Georgia road Sunday, according to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 3:20 p.m., deputies responded to a location along Boy Scout Road near LaGrange, roughly 65 miles southwest of Atlanta. Someone had noticed the portable cooler – covered in images of watermelon slices – sitting for up to a week near the wood line and called 911, according to authorities.

“Once on scene deputies and investigators discovered what appeared to be a deceased newborn child in a portable cooler bag,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

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The child has not been identified.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.