A South Carolina father whose baby girl died after being abandoned mourned her loss in a heartbreaking interview this week.
The Daily Mail reports Edwin Taylor was not even aware that he was a father when he learned that his girlfriend allegedly gave birth to a baby girl and then stuffed her in a trash bag earlier this month. His family held a funeral for the baby girl, Kimberly, on Saturday in Lexington County, South Carolina.
Authorities said Brennan Hailey Geller, 21, Taylor’s ex-girlfriend, is facing murder charges for the infant’s death.
“I want everyone to remember Kimberly,” Taylor told WISTV. “[She]was taken away from all of us but just know she’s up in heaven, in God’s hands, the best hands possible just looking over all of us.”
He said Kimberly would have been “a loving little baby girl but nobody got a chance to meet her.”
Taylor’s sister, Katie, said her brother is suffering severely from the loss.
“In a lot of ways I feel like he’s being punished more than she’s been punished,” she said. “I want people to know these entire nine months were robbed from him, he didn’t get to support her, he didn’t get to share in that excitement, he didn’t get to give input, he found out when the public found out.”
Allegedly, Geller gave birth to the baby girl in her vehicle, then placed her body in a trash bag and left her on the floor of the vehicle, according to the report. She did not tell Taylor or any family or friends that she was pregnant, the report states.
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Here’s more from the report:
[Taylor] said Brennan showed no physical signs she was expecting, except a few weeks before she gave birth when the couple went to the beach with Edwin’s family.
Edwin’s mother Kathy Taylor said she had asked Brennan ‘many times’ if she was pregnant but she denied it.
‘There’s really no words for it, it was uncalled for,’ Kathy told WISTV. ‘It’s a void we will have for the rest of our lives.’
The family says they still do not understand why Brennan would get rid of the child.
WISTV News 10 reports Geller confessed to authorities that she had abandoned her baby and placed her in a trash bag. The Lexington County Coroner’s Office ruled the baby’s death a homicide, but said more tests about the nature of the baby’s death are pending.
All 50 states have safe haven laws to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. These laws allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns in a safe environment, such as a hospital or fire station, without questions or repercussions, as long as there are no signs of abuse.
If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-866-99BABY1 or go to www.SafeHavenLaw.com.