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Police: Upstate mother charged with murder after baby's remains found in Fountain Inn

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Scene where eviction notice was served (Sep. 18, 2017/FOX Carolina) Scene where eviction notice was served (Sep. 18, 2017/FOX Carolina)
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Jamie Melissa Wilson. (Source: LCSO) Jamie Melissa Wilson. (Source: LCSO)
FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A mother is facing charges of murder after Fountain Inn police said her baby's remains were found inside an apartment unit.

Jamie Melissa Wilson, 41, was charged Saturday by police after a series of interviews with investigators.  Fountain Inn Police Chief Keith Morton said Wilson claimed in those interviews that the baby was born around October of 2016. Morton told police the baby had stopped breathing after birth and instead of seeking medical attention, she concealed the body within a hoodie, inside a trash bag, inside a tote.

Laurens County deputies found remains of a baby while handling an eviction Monday at the Fountain Hills Apartments on Chapman Road.

Morton said the remains were found inside a sealed container which was inside two more containers for an unknown amount of time.

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"Any time there's a child, it's new for me because I've got a heart," said Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols. "I've been doing this for a long, long time, but it hurts deeply when there's a child involved."

Nichols said the remains were of a fetal child, approximately 38 weeks gestational age. Nichols said they could not determine if the baby was born live or stillborn.

Nichols indicated that the decomposition indicated the child had been dead approximately 10 to 11 months, and was so severe the manner of death and gender of the baby could not immediately be determined.

Phyllis Taylor, a resident at Fountain Hills, said she saw a woman sitting outside with her belongings and approached her to lend a hand.

"I thought she needed some help," Taylor said. "But then come to find out she had hid a baby in a clothes hamper."

Taylor said investigators asked her if she knew if the other resident was pregnant at any point, but she said she didn't. She said the incident was shocking.

"You never know who you're living around," Taylor said.

Police issued a warrant for homicide by child abuse or neglect against Wilson. She was arrested and is at the Laurens County Detention Center being held on no bond.

Authorities confirm Wilson has two other children, a 21-year-old and a 5-year-old who was living in the apartment. The 5-year-old was taken by the South Carolina Department of Social Services on Monday.

Officials know who the father is and they are continuing to follow other leads and interview persons of interest at this time.

The State Law Enforcement Division assisted in the investigation.

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