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Couple charged in 1991 death of baby found so decomposed that cops were unable to identify gender

Married North Carolina couple is charged in 1991 death of baby found in dumpster that was so decomposed investigators were unable to identify its gender

  • A married North Carolina couple have been charged in the 1991 death of a baby that was discovered in a dumpster nearly 30 years ago 
  • The infant’s remains were so badly decomposed that investigators were initially unable to identify it’s gender
  • Taylorsville residents Scott Gordon Poole, 54, and his wife, Robin Lynn Byrum, 51, were arrested on Thursday and charged with concealing the birth of a child 
  • In April 1991, police officers discovered the remains of an infant after responding to a call for human remains found in a trash can rack
  • The child had been dead for some time, while a medical examiner was able to determine that it had died due to asphyxiation and sustaining blunt force trauma 
  • In 2019, investigators sent the child’s rib bone to a private lab in Texas for a forensic analysis, where human DNA was recovered, leading them to the couple 
  • Additional charges may be filed pending further investigation, police said


A married North Carolina couple has been charged in the 1991 death of a baby that was discovered in a dumpster so badly decomposed that investigators were initially unable to identify the infant’s gender.

Taylorsville residents Scott Gordon Poole, 54, and his wife, Robin Lynn Byrum, 51, were arrested last Thursday by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and charged with concealing the birth of a child, according to the Nags Head Police Department Facebook page.

Additional charges may be filed pending further investigation, the department added. 

Both Poole and Byrum are currently in custody at the Dare County Detention Center, with their bond set at $250,000 each.

‘These arrests are a result of many years of diligent investigation by our highly-trained and dedicated law enforcement professionals,’ said Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon. 

Pictured: Robin Lynn Byrum, 51, was arrested on Thursday along with her husband by and charged with concealing the birth of a child

Taylorsville resident Scott Gordon Poole, 54, pictured, and his wife are currently in custody at the Dare County Detention Center, with their bond set at $250,000 each

Taylorsville resident Scott Gordon Poole, 54, pictured, and his wife are currently in custody at the Dare County Detention Center, with their bond set at $250,000 each

In April 1991, officers with the Nags Head Police Department discovered the infant’s rotting corpse after responding to a call about human remains found in a trash can rack.

The child’s remains were so badly decomposed that investigators were not able to immediately identify its gender, however, the medical examiner was able to determine that the infant had died due to asphyxiation and blunt force trauma. 

In 2019, investigators re-opened the case before sending the child’s rib bone to Othram, a private lab in The Woodlands, Texas, for a forensic analysis, where human DNA was recovered. 

Nags Head Police officers found the child's remains in dumpster near 8600 block of East Tides Drive (pictured)

Nags Head Police officers found the child’s remains in dumpster near 8600 block of East Tides Drive (pictured)

Poole had previously been arrested for 'assault on a female' back in 2018, with the arrest photo for that case pictured above, according to public records

Poole had previously been arrested for ‘assault on a female’ back in 2018, with the arrest photo for that case pictured above, according to public records 

That hereditary material was then used to conduct a genealogical profile, which ultimately led to the Taylorsville couple, who were known to have lived in the Outer Banks area at the same time when the child’s remains were found. 

‘The tragedy of this child’s death and the manner in which his body was disposed of is compounded by the fact that, until now, no one has been found responsible for this incredibly heartbreaking act,’ said Nags Head Police Chief Phil Webster.  

‘But, through the hard work of Nags Head Police investigators and our law enforcement partners in the case, those who did this will be held accountable for a death that has remained unsolved for three decades.’

Not much is known about the couple as of Wednesday, however Poole had previously been arrested for ‘assault on a female’ back in 2018, according to public records

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