Conway, S.C. (WPDE) — Horry County Coroner Robert Edge says his office is gathering DNA to be tested to see if there is any connection between Alyssa Dayvault and Baby Boy Horry.
Baby Boy Horry was found lifeless in a box off of Highway 544 in 2008. He was never identified and is buried Hillcrest Cemetery.
According to warrants, Alyssa A. Dayvault gave birth on or about Dec. 2 or 3 of this year at her home on Oak Street in North Myrtle Beach.
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.
Dayvault is charged with two counts each of homicide by child abuse and desecration of a body.
Coroner Edge said that questions have been raised about a possible connection between the cases and they are sending off the DNA to be tested to investigate it further.
A preliminary physical exam on Baby Dayvault did not produce any new information, according to Michelle McSpadden, Horry County Deputy Coroner.
"Because of the case similarities, we have requested additional DNA testing on Baby Horry," McSpadden said. "We expect reports from both of those to take several months."