By Mary Kekatos For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
Published: 15:57 GMT, 21 February 2020 | Updated: 20:52 GMT, 21 February 2020
Deborah Riddle O'Conner, 54 (pictured), was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after she admitted to being the mother of 'Baby Michael'
Authorities in North Carolina say they have solved a 21-year-old cold case after they tracked down a woman accused of killing her newborn son and dumping his body alongside a road.
Deborah Riddle O'Conner, 54, was arrested on Thursday and charged with first-degree murder, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators allege O'Conner, gave birth to the baby boy, nicknamed 'Baby Michael,' before placing him in a trash bag and tossing him from a moving car.
The infant died of blunt force trauma, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
On March 3, 1999, a solider saw a plastic bag on the side of Canady Pond Road that he thought contained a doll, reported The Fayetteville Observer.
Instead, he found a dead newborn - not even a day old - with the umbilical cord still attached.
According to The Observer, the infant had a fractured skull, pelvis and spinal column as well as lacerations to his liver and one