North Carolina authorities charge teen with concealing birth of baby found buried in back yard

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LOUISBURG, N.C — A North Carolina teenager whose newborn baby died and was buried in her family's suburban yard faces a felony charge of concealing the birth.

Franklin County District Attorney Sam Currin said Tuesday the 16-year-old mother was charged with the lowest class of felony and released on $50,000 bond. Currin said the teenager has no prior criminal record. That means a conviction could carry between 3 months and 8 months of community service under the state's sentencing grid.

Currin said Franklin County sheriff deputies handled the arrest and he didn't know the teen's name. Jones did not return a call seeking comment.

Authorities last month found a full-term baby girl weighing 8½ pounds buried in the backyard of a home in a subdivision near Louisburg.

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