LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — After a five-week investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department, a Moore County Couple has been charged with killing their newborn child.
On Friday morning, the Moore County grand jury indicted Robert ‘Blaine’ Roper, 27, and Carol Michelle ‘Keri’ Roper, 21, each with one count of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, one count of premeditated first degree murder and two counts of felony murder.
TBI agents along with Moore County Sheriff’s Dept. Investigator Mike Rainey made the arrests on Friday afternoon. Rainey booked Robert Roper into the Moore County jail at approximately 2:45 p.m. Friday. Approximately three hours later Rainey returned from the Beech Grove community of Coffee County with Carol Michelle Roper.
At the time of this release, both were being held in the Moore County jail, each on a $1,000,000 bond.
At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter and Metro Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan, TBI Special Agents began investigating the Ropers on Sept. 23. On the same date, investigators with the sheriff’s department received information regarding the unreported death of the couple’s newborn child.
According to TBI reports, 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.
In a release by the TBI Friday evening, it said 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.