Norfolk man sentenced to probation for helping women conceal baby’s remains | Crime and courts


MADISON — A Norfolk man was sentenced to probation on Tuesday for his role in the improper disposal of a baby’s remains in April.

The 22-year-old was sentenced by County Judge Donna Taylor to nine months probation for trying to cover up another person’s death, an offense he did not contest until July 12. He had faced 6 months in jail, up to a $1,000 fine or both.

The Madison County prosecutor’s office had agreed not to oppose a probation sentence as part of a plea bargain.

The man was convicted for providing support in April to Jessica Burgess, 41, and her daughter, Celeste Burgess, then 17, by providing transport to several sites in the Norfolk area where the remains of the baby were buried.

Jessica Burgess is accused of helping her daughter abort, burn and bury her fetus when she was almost six months pregnant. Both women pleaded not guilty.

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