Teen mom charged after baby found dead in Petersburg trash truck

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A 16-year-old girl has been arrested and charged with concealing a body after police say a sanitation worker found the body of her deceased baby in the back of a garbage truck in Petersburg on Friday.

Police say the garbage collector discovered the baby’s body at approximately 10 a.m. in the 300 block of North Boulevard.

Neighbor Leon Whitted told 8News he was familiar with the young mother. He was shocked to learn what happened.

“They had the trash truck surrounded; it looked like basically a big crime scene,” he said. “It’s crazy, it really is. I used to see her standing out there waiting on the school bus. I didn’t think she was pregnant because she looked real young.”

The teenager’s family declined to comment on the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Petersburg Dinwiddie Crime Solvers anonymously at 861-1212, or text the keyword pdcash followed by the tip and send to 274637. You can also visit pdcrimesolvers.org.

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