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Teen charged with murder after allegedly stuffing newborn in cooler, tossing her on side of road: Police

Georgia authorities arrested a woman a little over a year after they discovered a deceased newborn baby on the side of the road.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, a passerby discovered a newborn baby inside a cooler in Troup County, along Boy Scout Road and New Franklin Road, in January 2019. 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 was scheduled, but at the time, officials said it could take a while to get the results.

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AJC reports that Troup County authorities used genetic testing to get a DNA hit on the baby, which led them to 19-year-old Caroline Riley Propes, of Newnan. Propes was arrested Thursday on charges of second-degree murder. Investigators said Propes was the baby’s biological mother.

Caroline Riley Propes
Caroline Riley Propes [Police Handout]
“From the moment this case was opened, I and my team of investigators were determined to bring this case to a conclusion,” Sheriff James Woodruff said. “I cannot thank them enough for their determination to close a case that touched many people.”

It’s unclear at this point how the child died. Check back for updates.

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[Feature Photo: Troup County Sheriff’s Office]