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Mother charged after newborn found alive, abandoned inside plastic bag

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Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 6:59 AM EDT
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The mother of a newborn baby found inside a plastic bag near a Union County home Wednesday is charged with attempted murder and felony child abuse.

Casey Marie Thomas, 24, is accused of giving birth to a baby boy and abandoning the newborn.

According to the Union County, North Carolina Sheriff's Office, deputies said they responded to a home in the 8600 block of East Highway 74 shortly after 2:00 pm after receiving information from Atrium Union that a newborn child might be at or near this home.

A concerned family member later brought Thomas to the hospital after noticing a large amount of blood loss. Deputies say medical staff noticed evidence that Thomas recently gave birth, but Thomas reportedly denied she was pregnant.

“Following the birth, detectives believe Thomas placed the infant in a plastic bag and concealed him outside under leaves,” deputies say.

When deputies arrived, they heard the sound of a baby crying. They discovered the baby inside a plastic bag buried under a pile of leaves near a fence.

The baby boy was taken to the hospital and remains in good condition.

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