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North Carolina couple, 21 and 19, charged with concealing newborn’s death

Business admin student, 21, ‘secretly gave birth in college dorm to baby who died and then her boyfriend, 19, buried the infant’s body in his backyard’: Couple faces concealment of death charges

  • Olivia Billington, 21, and Alex Best, 19, charged with felony concealment of death after their infant son was buried in a shallow grave in North Carolina 
  • Police say Billington delivered her son in her dorm room at High Point University on September 4 and failed to seek medical attention for baby, who died 
  • Best then allegedly took infant’s body to his home in Iredell County and buried it in his backyard 
  • Cops acting on a tip found baby boy wrapped in blankets in wooden box 


A young North Carolina couple have been accused of concealing the death of their infant son, who was born in a High Point University dormitory room and then buried in a shallow grave at the father’s home.

The special victims unit of the High Point Police Department learned of the secret burial of the infant in Iredell County last month. 

An investigation uncovered that on September 4, High Point University student Olivia Billington, 21, gave birth to a baby boy on campus with her boyfriend, Alex Best, 19.

Alex Best

Olivia Billington, 21 (left), and her boyfriend, Alex Best, 19 (right), have been charged with felony concealment of death after their infant son was buried in a shallow grave in North Carolina

Police say Billington delivered her son in her dorm room at High Point University on September 4 and failed to seek medical attention for the baby, who died

Police say Billington delivered her son in her dorm room at High Point University on September 4 and failed to seek medical attention for the baby, who died

Police said neither Billington nor Best sought medical treatment for their child, and the newborn died.

WBTV reported that on September 6, Best took his baby’s body to his home in Iredell County and buried him in a shallow grave on Tomlin Mill Road in Statesville.

The following day, investigators acting on a tip found the infant’s body wrapped in blankets inside a wooden box, WXII12 reported. 

An autopsy was performed, but the findings were inconclusive, police said.

Best then allegedly took the infant's body to his home in Iredell County and buried it in his backyard on Tomlin Mill Road in Statesville (pictured)

Best then allegedly took the infant’s body to his home in Iredell County and buried it in his backyard on Tomlin Mill Road in Statesville (pictured) 

Billington, a business administration major at High Point University, turned herself in to the police on October 1

Billington, a business administration major at High Point University, turned herself in to the police on October 1 

Best was arrested on September 15 and charged with felony conceal or fail to report the death of a child. He is being held in the Iredell County jail on $10,000 bond, according to WFMY

Billington turned herself in to the police on October 1 and was charged with felony concealment of death. She is due back in court in November. 

Police said they do not expect to file additional charges against the couple in connection with their son’s death. 

Billington’s LinkedIn profile reveals that she had enrolled in High Point University in 2018 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. 

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