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Mother charged with murder of infant

December 6, 2004

Cordele- Lisa Green is emotional when she thinks about her neighbor.

"It's a shocker, and I hate it happened. But, I didn't see it coming and I don't think anybody else saw it coming. Kayla is just a good person, and like I said it was a shocker," she says.

Green has known 22 year Kayla Wright for more than two years, and even provided childcare for her two year old son. She can't fathom why the young mother would do something so horrible.

"I didn't see it. I actually didn't see it. I really didn't, and I didn't know she was expecting," says Green.

Wright was arrested Saturday morning after the body of her infant was found decomposing in the back floorboard of this graffiti-covered Red Ford Thunderbird.

"She has now been charged with felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, and reckless abandonment of a child," says Sheriff Donnie Haralson.

Authorities still won't say how they think the baby was killed, but it was a discovery that almost wasn't.

A man said to be Wright's boyfriend sold the car to Hubbard Iron Metal, a company that crushes old cars and sells them to a company that shreds and recycles the metal. Employees found the baby just before the car was to have been crushed.

"You wonder what a mother thinks, or any parent may think when that happens with a child no matter what age a child is," says Sheriff Haralson.

"I wish I would have known. I really wish I would have known and I could have helped the child and this had to be a snapped mind thing or whatever because I just don't see Kayla doing that," says Green.

Now as she tries to cope with the horror of death, Green will try to find the answer to one question - why?

Because the body had already started to decompose investigators aren't sure how old or what sex the infant was. It will be several days before autopsy results are complete. Sheriff Haralson says DFACS will determine who will receive custody of Wright's two year old son.

Posted at 5:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com