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.