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North Carolina married couple charged with death in 1991 of baby found in trash dumpster so wrecked that researchers couldn’t determine gender

  • A married North Carolina couple has been charged with the death of a baby in 1991 discovered in a dumpster nearly 30 years ago
  • The baby’s remains had decayed so badly that the researchers were initially unable to identify its gender
  • Taylorsville residents Scott Gordon Poole, 54, and his wife, Robin Lynn Byrum, 51, were arrested Thursday and charged with concealing the birth of a child
  • In April 1991, police officers discovered the remains of a baby after responding to a call for human remains found in a garbage can
  • The child had been dead for some time, while a coroner determined that he had died as a result of suffocation and blunt force trauma.
  • In 2019, researchers sent the child’s rib bone to a private lab in Texas for forensic analysis, where human DNA was recovered, leading them to the pair.
  • Additional charges may be filed pending further investigation, police said










A married North Carolina couple has been charged with the death in 1991 of a baby discovered in a dumpster so badly deteriorated that investigators were initially unable to identify the baby’s gender.

Taylorsville residents Scott Gordon Poole, 54, and his wife, Robin Lynn Byrum, 51, were arrested last Thursday by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and charged with concealing the birth of a child, according to the Facebook page of Taylorsville. the Nags Head Police Department.

Additional charges may be filed pending further investigation, the department added.

Both Poole and Byrum are currently in custody at the Dare County Detention Center, with bail of $250,000 each.

“These arrests are the result of years of diligent investigation by our highly trained and committed law enforcement officers,” Nags Mayor Ben Cahoon said.

Pictured: Robin Lynn Byrum, 51, was arrested Thursday along with her husband by and accused of hiding the birth of a child

Taylorsville resident Scott Gordon Poole and his wife are currently in custody at the Dare County Detention Center, with bail of $250,000 each.

Taylorsville resident Scott Gordon Poole and his wife are currently in custody at the Dare County Detention Center, with bail of $250,000 each.

In April 1991, Nags Head Police Department officers discovered the baby’s rotting corpse after responding to a call about human remains found in a garbage can.

The child’s remains had decayed so badly that investigators were unable to immediately determine the sex, but the coroner was able to determine that the child had died as a result of suffocation and blunt trauma.

In 2019, investigators reopened the case before sending the child’s rib bone to Othram, a private lab in The Woodlands, Texas, for forensic analysis, where human DNA was recovered.

Poole was previously arrested for 'assault on a woman' in 2018, with the arrest photo for that case pictured above, according to public records

Poole was previously arrested for ‘assault on a woman’ in 2018, with the arrest photo for that case pictured above, according to public records

That hereditary material was then used to build a genealogical profile, eventually leading to the Taylorsville couple, who were known to live in the Outer Banks area at the time the child’s remains were found.

“The tragedy of this child’s death and the way his body was disposed of is compounded by the fact that no one has yet been found responsible for this incredibly heartbreaking act,” said Nags Chief Police Chief Phil Webster.

“But thanks to the hard work of the Nags Chief Police Investigators and our law enforcement partners in the case, those who did this will be held responsible for a death that has gone unsolved for three decades.”

Not much is known about the couple on Wednesday, but Poole had previously been arrested for “assault of a woman” in 2018, according to public records.

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