Woman arrested, accused of burying newborn baby in backyard

·News Reporter
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A woman has been arrested and accused of burying her newborn baby in her yard.

Kyleigh Sawyer, 23, from Watervliet in the US state of New York, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with concealment of a human corpse.

It came after police were tipped off in June about possible human remains in the backyard of a home.

Kyleigh Sawyer, 23, is pictured.
Kyleigh Sawyer, 23, is accused of burying her newborn child. Source: City of Watervliet Police Department

New York State Police Forensic Investigation Unit went through the backyard and exhumed several small bones from a shallow grave.

Police determined they had been buried for an extended period and belonged to a child birthed by Sawyer. It is further alleged Sawyer was the one who buried them.

“Although the investigation has concluded, the healing surrounding the death of this precious newborn will continue for a lifetime,” Police Chief Joseph Centanni said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, the particulars regarding this baby’s death may never be known, but the devastation it caused throughout our community is unquestionable.”

A forensic police officer is seen outside a property in Watervliet in the US state of New York
Police outside the home in New York State in June. Source: WNYT 13

He told WNYT 13 in June the “callous manner” in which the baby was “discarded” “violates the core of all decency and humanity”.

“Abuse and maltreatment against children cannot be tolerated,” he said.

The station also reported Sawyer told police she gave birth to the baby, who was stillborn, in 2017.

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