South Carolina makeup artist allegedly hid two pregnancies and dumped newborn babies in trash to die
30-year-old Alyssa Dayvault has been charged with four felonies and possibly faces a lifetime in prison over the crimes
A 30-year-old South Carolina woman has been accused of giving birth to two children in the span of a little over a year and then dumping both infants in the trash and leaving them to die. Makeup artist and North Myrtle Beach resident Alyssa A. Dayvault has been charged with two counts of homicide by child abuse and two counts of destruction, desecration, or removal of human remains for the crimes she committed in November 2017, and more recently, earlier this month.
According to warrants obtained by Komo News, Dayvault successfully gave birth to her child at her home on Oak Street in North Myrtle Beach around December 2 or December 3. But she had to later be admitted to the Grand Strand Regional Hospital on December 5 after suffering "heavy vaginal bleeding".
During treatment at the hospital, the 30-year-old reportedly "delivered" a placenta and umbilical cord consistent with a full-term pregnancy. However, no child was delivered. On questioning by the police, she admitted she had birthed a newborn male at her home who was born alive and had taken "multiple gasping breaths".
The police warrant stated Dayvault "failed to secure medical treatment and did not personally take action to attempt to preserve/save the infant's life," and that she disposed of the infant's body in a dumpster close to her home without seeking help or notifying concerned authorities.
It then emerged that this was not the first time that the 30-year-old, employed as a personal makeup artist and hair stylist at Exalt Salon in Little River, had killed off a newborn child. An investigation by the North Myrtle Beach Police Department (NMBPD) uncovered medical records that showed Dayvault had gone to the North Strand emergency room for an illness on November 4, 2017.
During the visit, medical staff determined she was in her third trimester of pregnancy with a healthy fetal heart tone. But even on that occasion, Dayvault admitted she ended up birthing the child, a girl, at home before then dumping the infant in a public waste disposal outside her apartment complex.
Komo News reports that the NMBPD obtained a search warrant to go through Dayvault's home and found the body of a baby boy. The Horry County Coroner was called to the scene and the body was sent to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy. Investigators are also said to be looking for medical records, labs or paperwork pertaining to child pregnancy, childbirth, or abortion, a DNA swab, and any bloody articles or clothing associated with childbirth.
Dayvault is already a parent to two children aged six and eight, and it is unclear what will happen to them after the 30-year-old's arrest. She is currently being held without bond at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and if convicted of her charges, faces the possibility of spending a life in prison.