Detectives found body of baby boy in mother's North Myrtle Beach home

Alyssa Dayvault. (Credit: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

A North Myrtle Beach woman is facing a handful of charges after police say she dumped two of her newborn children into the trash.

According to warrants, Alyssa A. Dayvault gave birth on or about Dec. 2 or 3 at her home on Oak Street in North Myrtle Beach.

The defendant was admitted to Grand Strand Regional Hospital on Dec. 5, where she complained of heavy vaginal bleeding, the warrants say; during treatment, she "delivered" a placenta and umbilical cord consistent with a full-term pregnancy, but no child was "delivered."

Police initially reported to Dayvault's home because she had left the hospital before they could talk to her.

North Myrtle Beach police say Dayvault admitted she birthed a newborn male at her home, and stated the child was born alive and took multiple gasping breaths after being born.

Dayvault failed to secure medical treatment for the newborn in “attempt to preserve or save the child’s life," and disposed of the baby's body in a public waste receptacle at her residence, which, police say, directly caused the death of the child.

Dayvaut is also accused of doing the same thing to a female child she birthed in 2017 at an apartment on David Street in North Myrtle Beach.

During their investigation, NMBPD secured medical records showing that Dayvault went to North Strand ER for an illness on Nov. 4, 2017. During that visit, medical staff determined that she was in her third trimester of pregnancy with a healthy fetal heart tone. She admitted to delivering the child and disposing of it in a public waste disposal at the apartment complex in a post-Miranda interview.

On Dec. 11, NMBPD conducted a search warrant of Dayvault's home, where they found the body of a baby boy. Investigators also asked for any medical records, labs or paperwork pertaining to child pregnancy, child birth or abortion, a DNA swab and any bloody articles or clothing associated with child birth. It was also established that Dayvault has two children currently, ages 6 and 8.

Dayvault is charged with two counts each of homicide by child abuse and desecration of a body.

A woman who claims to have worked with Dayvault called the situation "heartbreaking," saying it was "definitely something no one would have thought she could be capable of."

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