Woman arrested in 2008 SC deceased baby case

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Jennifer Sahr (courtesy: Horry County Police Department)

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – The woman wanted in the 2008 Baby Boy Horry Case has been taken into custody in North Myrtle Beach. Police say she is the mother of the baby wrapped in a tote bag and left inside a box.

Jennifer Sahr

Horry County police said the Carolina Regional Fugitive US Marshals Task Force apprehended Jennifer Sahr in North Myrtle Beach. She will be held at J Reuben Long Detention Center.

An attorney representing Sahr, Greg McCollum, said she traveled from Pensacola to the North Myrtle Beach area on Tuesday with plans to turn herself in tomorrow morning. He said they were in contact with Horry County Police about the plans.

After checking in to a place in North Myrtle Beach, McCollum says Sahr was arrested.

Horry County police on Tuesday said warrants for homicide by child abuse have been issued for Sahr, 32, of Pensacola, Florida. Sahr’s last name was previously Rickel and she was a student at Coastal Carolina University at the time.

“This development comes after scientific evidence provided Horry County Police Department with a new lead in the investigation,” police said in a press statement. “The State Law Enforcement Division has confirmed that Sahr is the biological mother of the child.”

The newborn child who became known as Baby Boy Horry was found by utility workers on Dec. 4, 2008, in a wooded area off of Highway 544 on Meadowbrook Drive outside of Conway. He had been wrapped in a tote bag and placed inside of a box. An autopsy showed that, when the child was placed outside, it was a viable infant.

Jennifer Sahr (courtesy: Horry County Police Department)

“Over the last 12 years, the Horry County community has demonstrated a commitment to keeping the memory of Baby Boy Horry alive. It is our sincere hope that this new development will bring the community and all who have been touched by this case some sense of peace.,” HCPD also says.

Composite sketch of Baby Boy Horry (courtesy: HCPD)

“Baby Boy Horry is buried at Hillcrest Cemetery, where a memorial headstone was erected in his honor. A memorial service is held at the site every year, led by Horry County Coroner Robert Edge and members of the community,” HCPD adds. The case remains opens and more charges are possible.

Authorities also say they know who the child’s father is and have been in contact with him.

HCPD was assisted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, SC Law Enforcement Division, Coastal Carolina Department of Public Safety and the Horry County Coroner’s Office.

HCPD adds “community members are reminded that, if they find themselves with a newborn they cannot care for, the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, known as Daniel’s Law, allows the parent to safely surrender the child to a hospital, law enforcement agency, fire station, or church.”

Baby boy Horry was found in a bag in some woods off Highway 544 between Socastee and Conway in December 2008.

The unidentified infant, known as ‘Baby Horry,’ was just hours old when he was abandoned, wrapped in a blanket and left in a shopping bag on Meadowbrook Road.

In December, ceremonies were held 11 years after the baby’s body was found. Read more here.  

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