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Mother charged with attempted murder after newborn baby found alive in plastic bag in Union County

Medics transported the baby boy to the hospital where he is being treated.
Credit: Union County Sheriff's Office

MARSHVILLE, N.C. — A 24-year-old was arrested and charged with attempted murder after an abandoned newborn baby was found inside of a plastic bag that was hidden under leaves.

The Union County Sheriff's Office believes Casey Marie Thomas gave birth to the baby and then placed the infant in a plastic bag.

Deputies said a concerned family member later transported Thomas to Atrium Union for treatment after noticing large amounts of blood loss. 

Medical personnel observed evidence of a recent childbirth, despite denials of pregnancy by Thomas. Medical staff alerted Union County Sheriff’s deputies of the likelihood that Thomas had recently given birth.

Deputies then went to Thomas' home and found the infant after hearing a faint cry. The child was rushed to the hospital in Monroe where he remains in good condition. He is now in DSS custody, deputies report. 

Thomas has been charged with attempted murder and felony child abuse. 

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