200 mourners attend funeral of unknown N.B. newborn boy
About 200 people attended the funeral on Friday for a baby boy who was found dead last month in a snowbank on a remote dirt road in Salisbury.
The RCMP said they are still trying to identify the newborn, while area residents are trying to come to terms with why one or both parents felt they had to abandon their baby.
Officially the newborn is referred to as Baby Boy Doe, but he was nicknamed Baby Taylor, as an acknowledgement of the road he was found near on April 4.
Six RCMP officers in red uniforms flanked the tiny white casket in the Chartersville Funeral Home in Dieppe. In her eulogy, Cpl. Christa Mitchell talked about the mystery surrounding the baby's death.
"It is extremely difficult to talk about someone you have never met. It is even more difficult when we all sadly know almost nothing about Baby Taylor," Mitchell said.
Police have determined the baby could have been left near the remote logging road anytime between October and March.
Ed Olford said he attended the funeral because he's still trying to figure out what happened.
"There's so many resources, there's so many facilities out there: there's a police station, there's a church, there's a place, why, why did you feel the need to just dump it on the side of the road?" Olford said.
Hoping parents would appear at funeral
Rev. Mark Smith, the pastor at Salisbury Baptist Church, who led the service, encouraged the parents of the baby to come forward.
"Today we're at a bit of a loss because we don't have opportunity and have not had the opportunity to know the little one who is gone," Smith said.
"We're at a loss also because we don't know the family and we can't extend our sympathy to them."
RCMP Cpl. Martin Marin, who is leading the investigation, said he hopes a member of Baby Taylor's family came to the funeral. "I don't know, but I'm hoping they were here so that at least they can see the baby received a proper burial," Marin said.
He is also hoping the continuing publicity will produce clues to solve the mystery.