The Brazos County Sheriff's Office was called to the Texas World Speedway this morning after a near-full term baby was found in a waste barrel.
The body was found in the women's restroom near the track's pits. Crews at the track were cleaning up after three days of motorcycle racing. Fans from Texas and even outside the state were at Lone Star Track Days at the speedway. Event organizers say in all, some one thousand people may have been at the track since Friday, meaning the sheriff's office has its hands full when it comes to finding the mother.
Track officials would only say they are cooperating fully with authorities, and are shocked by the discovery.
Sheriff Chris Kirk says he can't remember a case like this in his two-and-a-half decades in Brazos County.
"It's a tragic incident," Kirk said, "and it's just really hard to understand for anybody. And it's also very difficult to investigate because it is a tragic, senseless incident.
"It will be a difficult investigation for us," Kirk continued, "but we've got the resources to put on it, and we're going to do our best to identify the mother of this child."
The body has been sent to Montgomery County for an autopsy, but the initial report is complete. According to Sheriff Kirk, the preliminary exam shows the baby was probably born alive, but asphyxiated. If that is the case, capital murder charges would be brought against the mother. However, if the child was still-born, the charge is improper disposal of a corpse, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
If you have any information relating to the crime, call the sheriff's office at 361-4100.