By Amy Wenk

Sandy Springs police continue to search for the person responsible for the death of a newborn baby more than three years ago. The infant’s body was found in a gym bag.

“I’m not giving up on this case,” said Detective David Romero as he pulled a thick binder from the shelf in his Sandy Springs office.

Romero has three binders on the 2007 incident but no viable leads.

Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the baby’s death.

“Someone should take responsibility,” Romero said. “All I’m really asking is for the mom to come forward. … I want that mom to come to the door and say, ‘I’m the one.’”

Romero said the baby was alive when placed in a bag the morning of March 11, 2007.

“They dropped the baby for somebody to see it,” Romero said.

Unfortunately, Romero said, it was an “unseasonably warm day.” The infant couldn’t withstand the weather and died.

“The baby didn’t have a chance,” Romero said. “The baby didn’t do anything wrong.”

A 12-year-old boy found the deceased baby in the afternoon. The boy said he was walking to his friend’s house when he saw a blue bag, marked with a gold star and the words “STAR Recognition,” covered with a blue T-shirt, according to the police report. The bag lay in the grass near a fire hydrant at the intersection of Applegate Lane and Long Beach Circle in the Dunwoody Townhomes community.

When the boy looked inside the bag, he saw an infant but first thought it was a doll. The boy called his parents, police said.

The boy’s mother, who is a nurse, determined the child was deceased and called the police.

Romero has twice submitted the story to America’s Most Wanted and placed billboards around town to advertise the $25,000 reward.

Romero said the police department has come up with several leads but none have led to solving the case.

“Nothing has matched yet,” he said.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call Sandy Springs police at 770-551-3300.

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