NASHVILLE – Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Moore County couple accused of killing their newborn child.

At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter and Metro Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan, TBI Special Agents began investigating Robert Blaine Roper and Carol Michelle Roper on September 23rd. On the same date, investigators with the sheriff’s department received information regarding the unreported death of the couple’s newborn child. Through the joint investigation, TBI and Moore County investigators learned the Ropers, of 3539 Wet Prong Road in Mulberry, had been expecting their second child and attempted to keep the pregnancy hidden from friends and family. The investigation further revealed the couple delivered the child while at their home alone in early August. After being born, the child died as a result of actions taken by the parents. Investigators later discovered the newborn’s remains in a fire pit and ditch located on and near the property where the Ropers resided.

Today, the Moore County Grand Jury returned indictments for the couple, charging each individual with one count of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, one count of Premeditated First Degree Murder and two counts of Felony Murder. Robert, 27, and Carol, 21, were subsequently arrested and booked into the Moore County Jail, where at the time of this release, they were being held on $1,000,000 bond each.