Police said they made a startling discovery of a baby’s body buried in the backyard of a home where they were investigating ongoing child sexual abuse. A suspect in the case later committed suicide.
Lubbock Police said they did answered to a child sexual abuse report Monday around 11:30 a.m. at the North Lubbock home on North Belmont Ave.
While examining the report, they were informed of the buried baby in the backyard. At that point, the Lubbock Police Department Metro Unit took over the investigation and began searching for the remains.
The remains were found around 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to a police statement posted to Facebook.
The police obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect for serious sexual assault. Later Tuesday, they were responding to a call at a separate home where the suspect was found dead – apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators said the alleged abuse of the child lasted about five years.
Chelsie Francis, a neighborhood resident, said the incident was shocking.
“I mean, you know, it’s a baby, like who could do something cruel to a baby, you know? But I don’t think people know what they’re doing if they let people stay in certain places without getting a full background check, you know?” said Francis to KMAC-TV.
“How could you do that to a baby who doesn’t have, can’t tell you no or stop? And then you have the courage to kill yourself?” She added.
The police have not released the suspect’s name and the investigation is ongoing.
Here’s a local news report on the harrowing incident:
Body of baby found in Lubbock backyard, suspect in similar case then found dead, LPD said
https://www.theblaze.com/news/lubbock-baby-buried-sex-abuse Remains of a buried baby found during a child sex abuse investigation. Police say a suspect took his own life later that day.