Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
August 2, 2002
A South Georgia mother admits she hid a baby inside a freezer. Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin explains, "Basically, a body had been abandoned in the freezer for a year and a half." Investigators don't yet know if the baby girl was dead or alive when put inside the deep freezer.
It's one of those stories that's hard to believe. A full term baby girl, wrapped several times in plastic grocery bags, and put inside a deep freezer. The mother's secret was discovered after her 18-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son searched the freezer for something to eat. They called the mother at work and she called police. Later the mother was handcuffed and taken to jail. Now, Decatur County Sheriff Deputies are trying to find out if the child died of natural causes or was killed.
41-year-old Melissa Hamilton Ferguson of Decatur County started out as a frantic 911 caller, but turned into a suspect and was arrested. Sheriff Griffin says, "Some of her children when they were going through the freezer looking for something to cook. They found this baby that looks like a full term baby."
Ferguson tried to explain to 911 operators how a baby got in her carport deep freezer. She told the operator other people shared her freezer. The 911 dispatcher was shocked and so were Ferguson's neighbors. Demos Holis lives two houses down. He says, "When I found out, we couldn't go past the yellow tape. I saw where they put it in the bag and I shook my head. I couldn't believe it."
Ferguson admitted to deputies she put the baby girl in the freezer a year and a half ago. Sheriff Griffin says, "The big question. Is this a homicide or is this an abandoned body for whatever reason? We have to get at the bottom of this and see."
Authorities believe Ferguson is the mother of the dead baby but will await crime lab tests to confirm that. Ferguson for now is charged with concealing death of another person and abandonment of a dead body.
Investigators are waiting on GBI crime lab results to find out if Ferguson is the baby's mother and if the child died naturally or was murdered.