Woman charged after dead baby found in Washington County

WARTHEN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Washington County sheriff’s investigators are looking for clues after an infant’s body was found on the side of a road in Warthen. 

A news release says investigators found the baby’s remains on Middle Hill Road on Saturday. 

Sheriff Thomas Smith says 24-year-old Jessica Ballard is charged with cruelty to children and lying. 

The baby’s remains were taken to the GBI Regional Crime lab for an autopsy. Ballard has not been arrested. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

Sheriff Thomas Smith said he couldn’t comment on the age or gender of the infant. 

Be sure to stay with 41NBC.com for updates on this story. 

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