Milledgeville mom confesses to burying newborn in backyard
A Milledgeville mother is charged in concealing the death of her newborn baby.
Brittany Palmer, 23, was arrested and charged last week in concealing a death and giving false statements regarding the death of her baby. The near full term infant was found buried at the Palmer's parents house at 298 Lakemere Lane in Baldwin County last Wednesday night around 7 p.m. Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Captain of Investigations, Brad King, said Palmer’s father, Willie, found the baby buried on the property and called deputies. The baby girl was buried in a shallow grave about six and a half inches deep wrapped in a plastic bag and towel. Following a series of interviews with the Palmer's, their friends, and neighbors deputies became suspicious of Brittany.
"She was eventually that night arrested for giving false statements to our investigators,” King said. “Her timeline and her story, of the day’s events did not add up and we located some witnesses that could put her in some different places then she said she was."
In jail, King said Palmer confessed.
"We did learn that it was her child, that she had given birth inside the residence with no type of assistance,” King said. “We learned that she had hid the pregnancy the entire time from her friends and family and that she is actually responsible for burying the child."
An autopsy was performed Friday to determine it was alive or stillborn but the results haven't been released.
“Depending on some of the reports from that autopsy, murder is a possibility," King said.
Family members did not wish to comment on the situation except to say they are upset and ask for privacy at this time.
A memorial for the newborn was held at the house on Tuesday. Captain King said the baby may have been buried in the backyard for a few days before Palmer's dad found it. Palmer lived with her parents in the house. A DNA test will verify if the infant is Palmer's daughter.