- May 31, 2014
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It appears that this article gives information that was not released when the baby Doe was found. The child had apparently not eaten all day long.
The grave digger drove west on interstate 10 through a chilly December drizzle. He slowed, peering at a figure laboring along the roadside. He wasn't the only one to spot her. CB radio channels were abuzz that nightFriday the thirdwith truckers reports of a woman carrying what looked like a barefoot, coatless toddler in her arms, walking near the truck scales at the Alabama-Mississippi line. The grave digger felt sorry for her. But in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in 1982, a black man simply didnt invite a white woman into his vehicle, no matter how miserable the weather. Within days, a small body in a tiny casket would be buried under a donated, nameless stone, and the memory of that night would haunt him. - See more at: http://www.tufts.edu/alumni/magazine/summer2014/features/singing-river.html#sthash.9PrL0GPy.dpuf
Lynn Reuss is taunted by vivid dreams: in them, the woman is a runaway who, without her familys knowledge, gives birth. She is fleeing something or someone, maybe an abusive partner. Virgil said that the baby was partially smothered, possibly from being held too tightly. Maybe the mother thought her baby was dead and, panicked, threw her over the bridge. Did you know that the child had no food in her stomach, but appeared to be cared for? Another reason why I think the mom fledno money, no blanket, no shoes or socks on the child, no coat or hat. If she had these things, they were lost somewhere along the way. - See more at: http://www.tufts.edu/alumni/magazine/summer2014/features/singing-river.html#sthash.DnZiddn9.dpuf
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The next day, Moore went to the sheriff and the lead detective. Can me and my wife have that baby? The Moores signed some papers, and the body was theirs. Dont you call her Jane Doe, his wife scolded. Moore helped pay for a flat granite marker with a ceramic vase, inscribed Baby Jane in block letters and, below, Known only to God. A pastor offered to lead the services. Four deputies served as pallbearers. A local paper reported more than two hundred attendees. A lot of females, mothers boo-hooing, Moore recalled. It was a beautiful funeral.
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