Melissa Sims McCann has been arrested on two felony counts of abuse of a corpse after skeletal remains of a newborn baby were discovered inside her self-storage unit in November. McCann had rented the unit at Watts N Storage, at 1004 Old Estill Springs Road, in Tullahoma, Tennessee, since March 1994. The remains were found when the space went into default and its contents sold at auction, the source reported.
McCann was arrested on Dec. 10. “Officers with the Tullahoma Police Department discovered that [McCann] had rented the storage unit for the sole purpose of storing the remains of her full-term newborn baby, which she delivered at home a few days prior to renting the unit,” district attorney Craig Northcutt told the source.
McCann was in her mid-30s at the time of rental. The local medical examiner determined the remains were human. The infant’s cause of death is still unknown.
If convicted, McCann could face up to six years in prison, the source reported.
Watts N Storage operates nine self-storage facilities, all in Tullahoma. The company offers traditional and climate-controlled units as well as vehicle storage. Eight of the locations offer 24-hour access.