TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (TCD) -- A 62-year-old woman was indicted Friday after a baby’s remains were found in a storage unit she owned that had been auctioned off.
District Attorney General Craig Northcott wrote in a statement that on Nov. 13, Tullahoma Police Department officers were called out to a storage facility at 1004 Old Estill Springs Road regarding "unidentified remains." Officials could not immediately tell if the remains were human or not, but the Medical Examiner’s Office later determined they were that of a newborn.
Upon further investigation, officials learned Melissa Sims McCann had been renting the unit since March 1994. According to Northcott’s statement, Tullahoma Police allege McCann used the storage unit "for the sole purpose of storing the remains of her full-term newborn baby."
McCann reportedly gave birth at home not long before renting the unit.
According to Northcott, McCann was indicted by a grand jury for two counts of abuse of a corpse. Additional charges could be sought, Northcott said.
McCann's arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 17 in Coffee County Circuit Court.