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Sandy Springs police reopen 2007 dead infant case

Eight years ago, a 12-year-old boy found a newborn boy dead in a gym bag in Sandy Springs. Wednesday, police reopened the cold case and asked for the public’s help with the unsolved homicide.

The newborn was discovered on March 11, 2007 on Applegate Lane near the intersection of Long Beach Circle and Roberts Drive, police said. The boy who found him was on his way to a friend’s house around 5 p.m. and picked up the bag out of curiosity, then looked inside, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. What he saw made him run home with the bag, and his father called the police.

An autopsy determined that the 4.3-pound infant, whose umbilical cord was still attached, died of malnutrition and exposure. The case is being treated as a homicide.

The infant, who appeared to be Hispanic or African American, was never named and was buried in July 2007 in an indigents’ graveyard in south Fulton County, the AJC reported.

The gym bag in which the baby was found is blue and black with a gold star and the words “STAR Recognition” printed on it. Police previously said that restaurants gave the bags to workers.

Anyone with information on this case should call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS or 404-577-8477, submit the tip online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or text CSA Tip to CRIMES (274637.) Tipsters with information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.