In 2008, a few weeks before Christmas, a tiny baby boy, less than a few days old, was discovered by a crew of utlitiy workers, already cold and dead.
He was in a blue Bath and Body Works shopping bag, discarded in Horry County South Carolina just off a highway, Meadowbrook Road, in the small town of Conway, not far from Myrtle Beach.
Baby Boy Horry’s Mother Identified
Myrtle Beach is a party town and tourist town, but it is also a college town. After over a decade of heartbroken searching on this cold case and memorials for the unnamed baby in the local cemetery, we now know his biological mother was Jennifer Sahr, a student during that time at Coastal Carolina University.
In a press conference earlier today (3/3/2020), police said they have continued looking for leads in the cold case and eventually came into evidence linking her scientifically.
They cannot give more details than that at the time because it is an open investigation. They worked together with a Florida police force where they believed the mother to be living now.
Baby’s Father Has Not Been Charged
Police also said they had identified and notified the father, but that he was not being charged at that time.
On the other hand, the baby boy’s mother had warrants for murder by child abuse.
A search then ensued and by 7 pm that same day of the press release, Jennifer Sahrs was arrested for leaving her newborn to die alone in the cold, when Daniel’s Law meant she could have left him safely at any hospital, church, or ems/fire station and never faced so much as abandonment charges.
Jennifer Sahrs Arrested in North Myrtle Beach
She was instead apprehended in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and booked on the murder charge. Hearing on bail should occur tomorrow.
Sahr, whose last name was Rickle when she lived there, claims through her lawyer she was going to surrender herself the next morning, but the police wanted to arrest her before and used the fugituve task force. She was apparently with ther husband and two small children.
Now 32, according to reports, Sarh would have been 20 at the time her abandoned baby died.
The coroner who examined baby doe, or baby boy Horry, confirmed he was born alive, was at least a day not hours old, and would have lived longer with proper care.