baby found in cooler

Autopsy provides insight on newborn baby found stuffed in cooler, tossed on side of road: Report

Georgia authorities released initial findings concerning a baby found dead and stuffed in in a cooler alongside a Troup County road.

NBC 11Alive reports that officers with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Tuesday after a passerby discovered what appeared to be a newborn baby inside a cooler along Boy Scout Road and New Franklin Road on Sunday. Investigators later attended the baby’s autopsy.

According to the autopsy findings, the baby was a Caucasian girl born full-term, with no signs of obvious trauma. A blood test has been scheduled, but the results could take several weeks or months to complete.

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In the meantime, authorities are searching for the parents of the baby. Sergeant Stewart Smith with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office is hoping that a photo taken of the cooler will lead to answers.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, investigators described the cooler as portable and light blue in color, with zippers on the front and sides, and watermelon slice prints all over.

“There is no excuse why they disposed of it like it was, or why they disposed of the child like they did,” Smith said. “But again, we just want to know the circumstances of what happened and what led up to the death of this child.”

Police are asking anyone with any information to contact them at 706-883-1616 or at the Troup County Crime Stoppers line at 706-812-1000.

A reward of $2,000 is currently being offered for eligible information.

The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Troup County Sheriff’s Office]