Memorial service held for Baby Boy Horry

© WMBF News Reporter Brandon Herring
© WMBF News Reporter Brandon Herring

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Several groups have come together Sunday to remember Baby Boy Horry at two ceremonies held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway.

The first of the two ceremonies was held at 11 a.m. The second ceremony, organized by the Horry County Coroner's Office, was at 2 p.m.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge and his staff decided back in 2008 to use the name Baby Boy Horry to identify the newborn baby utility workers found in the woods beside Meadowbrook Drive, near Highway 544. They made that discover on Thursday, December 4, 2008. The baby was in a Bath and Body Works bag inside a box.

Investigators still do not know who the parents are. Coroner Robert Edge Jr. said the baby was born alive and lived from two hours to two days. There were no signs of abuse or physical harm on the baby's body, but it was unclear if he died before or after someone put him beside the road.

Songs about baby boy Jesus were a big part of the 2 p.m. Baby Boy Horry memorial service. There are several reasons the coroner's office hosted the service for the third year, and why people continue to come.

"It's mainly because we've never had anything like this to happen before, and we just don't want to forget it," Coroner Robert Edge Jr. said. "We want to keep him in our minds and hearts and thoughts.

"The doctors tell us if he'd been given a little medical attention that he would have been a very healthy child, and we want to keep his memory alive in hopes that maybe his parents or somebody will come up and give us some information too."

Present at this year's ceremonies of remembrance, and every past event honoring Baby Boy Horry, was Rolling Thunder.

Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization donating their time to honor veterans, POWs and MIAs through mission work. The Rolling Thunder group has said that they feel they have adopted Baby Boy Horry and that he is very special to their heart.

"It's just something that communities have to do - pick up the slack," Rolling Thunder member Anna Whener said. We've picked him up, and he's ours now, and we love him, and we're here."

Robert and Kathleen Frunzi live just down the road from where Baby Boy Horry was found. Their reason for coming was something heard many times Sunday.

"Anybody would have taken this baby," Kathleen Frunzi said. "All [the mother] had to do was ring a bell. It's very important to get out there. Maybe she didn't know she could just go to a hospital, but somebody else today will know that with this baby."

South Carolina's law says in addition to hospitals, someone can surrender their child to churches, law enforcement offices, or fire and EMS stations.

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