Authorities looking into discovery of deceased infant


The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office is looking into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a deceased infant at a home near Elma Tuesday.

About 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, 911 dispatchers received a call from a home on Newman Creek Road. The caller said her sister was possibly having a miscarriage. An aid car responded and took the female to Capital Medical Center.

Just after 5 p.m., Capital Medical Center relayed information to the dispatch center that the woman showed signs that she had already given birth within the past 24 hours. Deputies and detectives responded to the residence and the hospital.

The investigators eventually learned from the female that she had given birth at her home on Newman Creek Road in the early morning hours of Monday.

The female reported that the child was stillborn and she was afraid to report it to 911. Detectives located a deceased infant child inside the residence.

Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said it was not yet clear how old the child was, but added that it did not seem to be full-term.

The cause and manner of death are under investigation. An autopsy is expected later today.