Half-a-dozen caskets rested next to freshly dug graves in a potter's field full of clover and buttercups in Camden County this morning, the bodies of the unclaimed homeless, the destitute, and otherwise forgotten.
But about 50 yards away, up a steep wooded hill that overlooked the field on county property in the Lakeland section of Gloucester Township, someone else had already been buried beneath a large elm tree, a female child or infant, authorities believe, who hadn't been forgotten.
A cross stood atop the little grave this morning, along with a stuffed giraffe, a statue of a cherub holding a butterfly, and some solar-powered lights. Pansies and daisies, purchased from Wal-Mart, had been recently planted and a new floor-mat lay nearby, for whoever knelt down to pray when they visited. A plastic bag was clipped to a tree nearby, with a wet business card from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office inside.