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Where a baby died, yet still lives....

Sightings: Sounds of baby crying, occassional sightings of young mother
Explanation: The "Cry Baby Bridge" is the location where either a young mother loses a baby or an infant is abandoned in a vehicle accident and its screams and cries are not heard. Now the spirit of the baby cries late at night in order to be noticed and saved.
Summary: In a very strange twist, there seems to be two nearly identical stories: one from Anderson and Pendleton INDIANA, and another from Anderson and Pendleton SOUTH CAROLINA.  Even stranger, Anderson IN and Anderson SC are almost the same size and population, the same distance from the nearby towns of Pendleton, and the two Pendletons also are almost the same size and population.
In an October 29th 2005 article in the Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail Jennifer Jones wrote:

"Accoring to locals, if you drove to the site at midnight, stopped your car on the bridge, turned off the ignition and sat quietly in the car, you'd hear the mother in the woods calling for her child, followed by the sounds of a baby crying a few minutes later. As if that weren't enough, you'd try to start your car and it wouldn't start so you'd have to push your car off the bridge."

From the "Shadowlands" (Indiana) website

"Pendleton - Cry Baby Bridge - it is on the way to Pendleton. Legend was that a woman drowned her child off of the bridge. If you park your car there at midnight it will not start back up and you will hear a woman crying or her baby crying.

Anderson - Cry Baby Bridge - The Cry Baby Bridge is where a baby died in the car crash. It wasn’t found when the police came and the baby was left. It ended up dying. If you go across the bridge you can hear it crying."

In reality, the story seems to be original to Indiana, referring to an event which happened in the late 1950's or 1960's when a young pregnant and unwed mother delivered her own baby in an automobile and then disposed of the infant by throwing it over the rail of a bridge. The infant did not land in the river, but instead landed on the bank and, badly injured, began to cry. The mother, horrified, left in a panic. After the mother left, several other automobiles passed the site and heard the cries, but did not stop to investigate. The infant lived for many hours until it died fron its injuries and exposure late the next day. The baby was found, but with the technology of the day, could not be identified.

The legend began when the mother compulsively continued to return to the site and claimed she heard crying. Soon, others were able to hear it too. An area of sad and intense spiritual energy. For this reason the location of the actual site will not be described here.



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