A woman accused of dumping her newborn in South Carolina woods over a decade ago will remain behind bars without bond, a judge ruled.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jennifer Sahr, 32, will be charged with one count of homicide by child abuse in the death of a child known only as Baby Boy Horry, the Horry County Police Department said.
Utility workers found the boy, believed to have been two days old at the time of his death, on December 4, 2008. He’d been wrapped in a shopping bag and placed inside a box, police said. T
The boy’s autopsy revealed he was “viable” when he was abandoned on the side of S.C. 544 and Meadowbrook Drive, in Red Hill, South Carolina.
According to the State Law Enforcement Division, authorities obtained a DNA sample from Sahr, which revealed she was the biological mother of the infant.
HCPD said Sahr, who was previously known as Jennifer Rickel, was taken into custody by the US Marshals Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force just hours after they announced that a warrant had been issued for her.
After Horry County Judge Larry Hyman denied bond, he ordered both the defense and prosecution to return to court on April 13.
Meanwhile, the child’s father, who has not been charged in the case, released a statement requesting privacy.
“At this time, I would like to ask for privacy and respect for my family as we grieve over the death of my first and only born child and son. Again, I would like to thank everyone involved in bringing justice to my baby boy. I would also like to thank Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club for all they have done, as well as the community members who made sure my child was never alone on any of his birthdays. I would like to ask for prayers during this difficult time as we all grieve for Baby Boy Horry.”
The story continues to develop. Check back for updates.
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[Feature Photo: Jennifer Sahr/Horry County Police Department]