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Police Search Landfill for Missing Prichard Baby

PRICHARD, Ala. (AP) - Police return to a garbage landfill near Brewton Monday in hopes of finding the body of a missing infant girl.

Geretha Tyese Lewis initially claimed she had given her month-old baby, Zarial Lewis Farris, up for adoption, but finally admitted she had placed the baby in a garbage bin in front of her Prichard home.

The 18-year-old Lewis was arrested Friday and charged with murder, according to Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Junior. She's being held in the Mobile County Metro Jail and has a court hearing Monday.

Authorities said Lewis confessed Friday night just before taking a polygraph test.

Prichard Police Major Marvin Whitfield said the garbage was picked up in the Gulf Village neighborhood Tuesday, the day before police held a news conference and began an intensive search for the missing child.

Whitfield said recovering the baby's body from the landfill in Escambia County will not be easy.

Investigators from the Prichard Police Department and the FBI searched the Allied Waste Services landfill on Saturday.

Whitfield said police plan to return and try to isolate the area most likely to contain the body by looking through mail and other clues in the garbage.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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