New bond hearing set Friday for woman charged in ‘Baby Boy Horry’ cold case
HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A woman has been officially charged with the death of “Baby Boy Horry.”
Jennifer Lynn Sahr, who authorities said is the mother of the little boy, is facing a charge of homicide by child abuse in connection to the cold case.
She appeared for a brief court hearing Wednesday afternoon, where the judge said he did not have jurisdiction to set bond in the case.
During the hearing, a statement was made on behalf of the man believed to be the father of Baby Boy Horry.
“I just want to let all law enforcement involved in the case know that I appreciate them very much for solving this case,” the statement read.
The judge instructed Sahr to not have any contact with Baby Boy Horry’s father and his family.
Hours after she first appeared in court, the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced another bond hearing is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Horry County Judicial Complex.
Sahr was arrested late Tuesday afternoon in the North Myrtle Beach area by members of the Carolina Regional Fugitive U.S. Marshals Task Force.
Memorial held to commemorate 11-year anniversary of Baby Boy Horry’s discovery
On Dec. 4, 2008, a newly-born baby boy was found after being deserted on the side of a road off S.C. 544 and Meadowbrook Drive. The newborn, since named Baby Boy Horry, was found abandoned in a shopping bag by utility workers. Investigators believe he was less than two days old, but the infant has never been identified.
The grave site of Baby Boy Horry... the newborn found dead in 2008.— Nia Watson WMBF (@NiaWatsonTV) March 4, 2020
Every year the community gathers here to hold a service for the child.
Yesterday, police arrested who they say is the boy’s mother.
Hear from the community on the break in the cold case tonight on @wmbfnews pic.twitter.com/xdhI4ogfpD
An arrest warrant states Sahr “was the one responsible for the neglect of the child, failing to supply the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, or healthcare which did result in the child’s death.”
Sahr’s current husband was with the family’s attorney following the bond hearing, McCollum said this case has been a shock for the whole family.
“You know they’re taking it very hard as anyone would,” said McCollum.
McCollum said Sahr was on her way to Horry County to turn herself in Wednesday morning.
However, according to the Horry County Police Department, once the arrest warrants were issued, officers attempted to take her into custody at her home in Florida but learned she had left the area.
At that point, Sahr was eligible for arrest by any law enforcement agency, leading to the U.S. Marshals Task Force to finding her in Horry County where she was taken into custody, per standard protocols.
“It’s probably best described as her trying to get here to surrender versus the police trying to maybe arrest her before she could surrender so it’s a little bit of an odd situation,” said McCollum.
McCollum reminds everyone, Sahr is innocent until proven guilty and that she had no idea she was part of the investigation until police showed up at her home a few days ago.
“She is presumed innocent,” said McCollum.
Sahr will remain at J. Reuben Long Detention Center until her bond hearing Friday.
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