SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — The medical examiner's office in North Carolina said trash bags found under a home last weekend contained the remains of two infants.
Police in Smithfield released a statement Wednesday that they're seeking 40-year-old Bridgette Morgan Smith as a person of interest in the case. A search warrant identified her as the daughter of Pamela McBride, who lives in the home with her son and his fiancee in Smithfield, about 30 miles southeast of Raleigh.
A search warrant said that when McBride's son went under the house last Saturday to run some cable in the crawl space, he found three plastic trash bags. When he opened the bags, the warrant says, he recognized the contents as remains. The remains, which were wrapped in towels, were sent to the medical examiner's office in Raleigh for testing.
According to the warrant, McBride said Smith, who has battled drug addiction for her entire adult life, had been pregnant several times in the past and would attempt to hide her condition in oversized clothing and often left for several weeks when she no longer could conceal the pregnancy. When Smith returned, she no longer was pregnant, but McBride said she made no mention of where the child was, it said.
McBride has custody of two of Smith's children — a 7-year-old daughter and an 8-month-old son — and she adopted another child Smith had as a teenager, the document states. McBride also said her daughter has been pregnant "about 10 times" that she knows of, according to the warrant.
The documents said McBride also pointed to two instances in which Smith gave birth but no one knew what became of the child, once about 12 to 15 years ago and later in 2005. In the former incident, the warrant states, McBride said Smith told the family she went into labor while driving and went to a hospital to deliver the child, adding that after she gave birth, she left the child at the hospital.
In the second instance, McBride said Smith was living at a different Smithfield home with her and her grandmother. McBride said Smith locked herself in a bathroom for hours with water running in a bathtub. According to the warrant, McBride said Smith appeared to deliver the baby, but she doesn't know what happened to it.