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10:17 PM, Aug 31, 2011   |    comments
  • Courtesy: Asheville Citizen-Times
  • Store Surveillance, August 2011
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Hendersonville, NC-- The manhunt for the mother of a baby found dead in a bathroom is over.

Police said after working through a string of tips, they found the teenage girl who left the dead body of her newborn baby in a grocery store bathroom.

The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting that the Hendersonville police had filed no charges against the girl, and did not release her identify. Although, Detectives said they questioned her for more than three hours.

The girl was not in a hospital when she gave birth and her daughter was born alive, Capt. David Adams told the paper.

Capt. Adams said the infant was dead when the mother left it in a trash can in the women's bathroom at Bi-Lo.

Adams said he could not release details surrounding the teenager's pregnancy or where she gave birth. He called her "of working age," but was not specific.

Investigators were waiting for autopsy results that could help determine how police handle criminal charges, Adams said.

Detectives got their break in the case after releasing surveillance video taken at the store off Four Seasons Boulevard.

The video shows the girl and her boyfriend enter the store at 4:36 p.m. Sunday and walk toward the bathroom as they briefly held hands. She was carrying a bag or large purse and took that into the bathroom with her.

The girl wore a red dress when she walked into the store but changed in the restroom and came out wearing a light shirt and dark pants.

The infant's body was discovered by a worker shortly before 9 p.m. Police said they thought the baby was 1-3 days old.

The infant had a gold ring in one hand was wrapped in a white blanket with the words "mi bautizo" - Spanish for "my baptism" or "my christening."

Adams said he was unsure whether the girl's boyfriend was the baby's father and whether he knew she was carrying the infant's body when they entered the grocery store.

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