Coroner: Jackson sought to hide pregnancy from parents

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

Officers arrested 22-year-old Tomecca Jackson on Saturday, June 24 at her home at 502 Frances Street in North Augusta.

Her pregnancy was a secret the coroner says Jackson was trying to hide from the last people she'd want to find out about it: her parents.

And for about a year she managed to get away with it...until her dad did something she never planned on.

Imagine crawling through the underpinning of a mobile home, trying to figure out what's wrong with the A/C, and coming across something you'd never believe.

That's exactly what happened Tomecca Jackson's father on Saturday.

"He was working under the house and found a black garbage bag, and opened it up and found what he thought were human remains," says Cpl. Robbie Harter, public information officer for the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office.

He found the remains of what he claims was his grandson.

The coroner tells News 12 that even though Jackson lived at home with her parents throughout the pregnancy, she wore big clothes and didn't come out of her room often to hide her stomach.

But one neighbor told News 12 off-camera that he noticed she was pregnant a few months ago.

That's around the same time investigators believe Jackson's baby was born and put in a trash bag.

Coroner Thurmond Burnett says Jackson blacked out while giving birth, and when she woke up, she found a baby who wasn't breathing. Home alone and scared no one would believe her, she took it upon herself to get rid of the infant's body.

But now her secret is out--and investigators are wondering if there are other details she may be keeping in the dark.

The autopsy conducted Monday, June 26 remained inconclusive.

SLED plans to run toxicology reports on the baby's body to determine if there may be more charges pending.

Jackson is being held at the Edgefield County Jail. She's being charged with destruction or desecration of human remains and faces anywhere from one to ten years in prison.

We don't know much right now about the baby boy, but Cpl. Harter did tell News 12 that if these toxicology reports show signs of life when the child was born, they can indict Jackson on manslaughter charges.

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