Officials search landfill
Published 4:41 am Wednesday, August 1, 2007
from staff reports
The tragic case of a baby's murder in Mobile County has an unfortunate tie to the Brewton area.
Law enforcement officials from Prichard spent at least two days this week searching near Brewton for a baby whose mother once claimed she had been kidnapped.
Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said Mobile County officials contacted him Friday night to let him know they needed to search Allied Waste's Timberlands landfill for the remains of 1-month-old Zarial Lewis Farris.
According to reports, Zarial's mother, Geretha Lewis of Prichard, told police last week that she gave the baby up for adoption but then was unable to get the child back after she changed her mind.
Police later said the mother, who is 18, confessed to killing the baby and putting her body in a garbage bin - leading to the search at the landfill.
Prichard police and FBI officials apparently began the search Saturday morning. No activity could be seen from the road over the weekend or early this week, and Allied Waste officials declined to comment.
On Monday afternoon, Prichard police and the FBI gave up their search and planned to turn over the search to experts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Sheriff Smith said Escambia County deputies were not involved in the search.