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2/17/04 - Van Zandt County

Baby's Body Found Buried In Backyard

Van Zandt County Sheriff's deputies discovered the body of a newborn child Monday in the backyard of home in the Colfax community.  The Colfax community is located just South of Van.

Authorities were called to the home by a teenager who told them she buried the child after giving birth to him in December.  The girl's name has not been released since she is a juvenile.

Sheriff Pat Burnett said no charges will be filed until they can determine the status of the baby when it was buried.  The child's remains have been sent to Dallas for autopsy.

Charges, ranging from capital murder, to abuse of a corpse could come, depending on those results.

The girl lived at home but authorities said her parents were unaware of the pregnancy.

Chris Gibson, reporting

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