PD: Baby not tossed in dumpster; DSS probing further

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]
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A domestic situation involving a baby at Dogwood Circle is under further investigation by the Department of Social Services. Rumors circulated this weekend that the infant had been discarded in a dumpster, but officers on Monday quelled those reports saying a witness told officers the small boy had been placed on the ground “for a short time.”

Clinton Police officers responded to a child abuse call from Dogwood Circle at approximately 1:20 p.m. Saturday. Sgt. Robbie King said Sgt. Eddie Carter and Officer Kimberly Gore responded to the call and spoke with the mother. No arrests were made.

They were told that one of the parents had placed the baby on the ground “for a couple minutes,” Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said. When asked about the rumor the baby was placed in a dumpster, Tilley said he heard nothing about that.

“There wasn’t anything to do with a dumpster,” said Tilley. “My guess is that one of the parents placed the baby on the ground and the other parent is probably accusing the other of child abuse.”

The police chief said he was aware of “nothing egregious” in the situation. King, who oversees child abuse cases for the department, concurred.

He said officers talked with the mother at her residence at Dogwood Circle, Clinton. The father had already left the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

“A witness said the mother and father were arguing. The baby was put on the ground for a short time,” King noted. “I’m not sure what the argument was about. The witness said the baby was placed on the ground.”

King also addressed the dumpster rumor.

“I can’t even place a dumpster at that apartment complex,” he stated, noting roll-off garbage cans at the location.

DSS conducted a welfare check, but the child, a boy less than one year old, was reportedly not injured. The child was not taken into DSS custody and there were no charges brought in the incident, officers said.

Police officials said DSS has launched their own investigation.

“They just started looking into it,” Tilley said.

“We’ll work with DSS,” King added, noting the case is still open. “It’s still under investigation.”

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By Chris Berendt

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