Arrest made after newborn remains found in upstate NY


Kyleigh J. Sawyer

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police made an arrest in connection to an ongoing investigation of newborn remains found in Watervliet back in June. The infant was reportedly buried in the yard in 2017.

According to Watervliet police, on June 25, they received credible information that a newborn baby was buried in the yard of a residence on 13th Street.

The Watervliet Police Department Evidence Technicians, New York State Police, and Forensic Identification Unit proceeded to methodically search the 13th Street yard and exhumed several small bones from a shallow grave. WPD said the bones appeared to have been there for an extended period of time.

Through forensic analysis, it was determined the skeletal remains were those of a newborn child. After an investigation, it was determined the newborn’s remains were buried by the child’s mother, Kyleigh J. Sawyer.

On Tuesday, Watervliet police detectives arrested Sawyer, 23, of Ballston Spa. She was charged with the concealment of a human corpse, which is a felony. Sawyer was arraigned in Watervliet Criminal Court and released on her own recognizance.

“Although the investigation has concluded, the healing surrounding the death of this precious newborn will continue for a lifetime. Unfortunately, the particulars regarding this baby’s death may never be known but the devastation it caused throughout our community is unquestionable. The Watervliet Police Department will continue to work tirelessly to bring those responsible for these types of unconscionable acts to justice.”

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