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Cold Case: Baby Allison homicide remains unsolved

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Ten years ago on New Year’s Eve a baby girl was discovered in a burn barrel behind an Amish school in Strasburg Township. Baby Allison – as she has come to be named – would be 10 years old this month.

Baby Allison was discovered 31 December 2003 by some Amish children at their school on 522 Weaver Road in Strasburg Township. The children took out the trash about 3:30 p.m. that afternoon and lit it. They immediately put out the trash, seeing something else in the barrel.

The six pound infant had been full-term. Her throat had been slit. The umbilical cord was still attached and the child was born alive. The baby had been placed in a plastic bag before being thrown away in the barrel.

Little blood had been found at the scene. However, shortly after the news of Baby Allison was initially made public, a clerk at Turkey Hill Minit Market on Route 896 in Strasburg Borough, a mere four miles away, recalled finding something possibly related in the store’s restroom.

Her death is classified as a homicide and remains an open case. Police believe the mother to have been young, perhaps under 20, and most likely local. The baby is a Caucasian girl of European descent and State Police have determined that she is not Amish.

Anyone with tips on the death of Baby Allison is asked to call Trooper Gerard Sauers at 717-299-7650.

Parents – the mother or the father – may leave a newborn child at Lancaster General Hospital. Known as Safe Haven, a child up to 28 days old can be left and the parent will not be criminally prosecuted. Any hospital in Pennsylvania will accept the child in this instance, under the Newborn Protection Act. Readers can call 1-866-921-SAFE for more information on the program.

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