Dead infant found as result of eviction

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

MOTHER IS CHARGED, INFANT found dead - Died 10 to 11 months ago, remains wrapped in a coat and sealed inside containers


The mother of the deceased infant found by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office while serving an eviction notice in Fountain Inn on Sept. 18 was arrested on Saturday and charged with homicide by child abuse. 

Jamie Melissa Wilson, 41, of 1027 N. Main St. in Gray Court, was transported and booked at the Johnson Detention Center.

The deceased infant had been dead for nearly a year, according to Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols.

Nichols said the fetal remains are at least 38 weeks gestational age and decomposition of the remains are consistent with a time period of 10 to 11 months since death.

"Due to decompostional change, cause and manner of death, as well as to the sex of the fetus are unable to be determined," said Nichols.

Nichols also said that a determination could not be made as to whether it was a live birth or a still birth. 

Deputies with the LCSO were serving an eviction notice at Fountain Hill Apts. near Chapman Road just after 1pm on Sept. 18. According to Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder, when deputies entered the apartment, they located a deceased infant. The infant was found in a sealed storage container.  

The LCSO turned the investigation over to the Fountain Inn Police Dept. Despite the fact that Fountain Hills is located inside the city limits of Fountain Inn, Reeder said the LCSO civil process unit serves all eviction notices inside of Laurens County. 


WLBG Report: Eviction Discovers Dead Infant

A Laurens County Deputy found a deceased infant this afternoon while serving an eviction process. Laurens County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jarvis Reeder said the officer was serving a “set-out” notice of eviction, where items from the apartment were to be removed, when the infant’s body was found. Reeder said this occurred at Fountain Hill Apartments on Chapman Road in Fountain Inn just before 1:00 this (Monday) afternoon.

Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols responded to the scene and was investigating the death.

Fountain Inn Police were also investigating the case of the deceased infant, as the apartment building is in the City Limits.

TODAY'S REPORT (Sept. 20): Many questions remain following autopsy results on an infant found dead in a Fountain Inn Apartment this week. When a Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy went into Fountain Hill Apartments on Chapman Road just before 1:00 Monday afternoon to serve a “set out” eviction, the officer reported finding remains of an infant inside the apartment.

Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols this (Wednesday) afternoon announced that the results of an autopsy indicate this appears to have been a fetal death; either a stillborn birth, or a live birth where the infant subsequently died.

The coroner said that the extent of decomposition indicates that it has been ten to eleven months since the infant died. He said that from the condition of the infant’s remains, pathology was unable to determine the gender of the deceased child.

Nick Nichols said the remains were found in a heavy coat or jacket which was in a clothing hamper in a back bedroom of the apartment.

SLED’s Child Fatality Division was reportedly investigating the death of this child, as well as Fountain Inn Police.

Also reported Monday, Ivan Cruz, 39, of Greenville died early Sunday morning at a hospital from injuries sustained in a Sept. 9 traffic crash. Cause of death was head trauma.

A report said the vehicle Cruz, a Ford pick-up, was driving crashed into the back of a woman's vehicle, a 2006 Kia, about 7:15 pm on Hwy 25, then went off the road and hit several trees. Cruz was wearing a seat belt, and the woman in the other vehicle did not have life-threatening injuries. The wreck, which happened in the Ware Shoals area near Buzhardt Road, produced the 24th fatality of 2017 in Laurens County.



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