Mum charged with killing her newborn since four years ago


Mum charged with killing her newborn four years after 'Baby June' was found in Boynton Beach Inlet.

The 29-year-old Florida woman told investigators her newborn had already died before she dumped her in the doorway.

A 29-year-old woman was arrested Thursday in the death of her child more than four years after Florida investigators began investigating the discovery of the newborn baby floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

Police said the case began on June 1, 2018, when an off-duty firefighter found a child in Boynton Beach Inlet in Palm Beach County. Investigators screened more than 700 babies born during that period to see the baby's parents but could not generate any leads.

"The men and women in law enforcement always believe they are tough, and they've seen it all," said Palm Beach County Sheriff Rich Bradshaw. "But I guarantee you when you see a baby — a newborn baby, floating in the ocean that someone just dumped out like a piece of trash — it tugs at your heart."

Forensic specialists created a profile for the newborn, who authorities named "Baby John," and entered her DNA into CODES, the national DNA database. No matches were initially found, but a possible relative turned up as a match years later, Palm Beach County officials said at a news conference Thursday.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Detective Brittany Christofel said the match helped connect the case to a possible father, who cooperated with the police investigation.

"He didn't know anything about the baby," said Christofle. "He knew he had a girlfriend at the time who told him she was pregnant, but...she thought maybe she had a miscarriage. He ended up being the father."

Police said the interview led police to Arya Singh, who they confirmed was Baby John's mother by DNA testing through a piece of trash.

"We just decided to build this case against the mother without notifying her at all," Christoffel said. "We were able to obtain search warrants for phone records for the location of the GPS data."

Thursday, Christoffel said Singh was taken into custody and told officials in an interview that she did not know she was pregnant before she gave birth on May 30, 2018. A second DNA sample taken from Singh confirmed that she is the mother of Baby John.

"She said that when the baby was born, she wasn't sure whether the baby was alive or dead... By the time the baby entered the doorway, she was already dead," said Christoffel.

Officials believe Singh acted alone and is the only suspect. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said the state plans to charge her with first-degree murder.

"Because it's now a pending case, that's all I can say for now," said Aronberg. "But I want to thank Sheriff Bradshaw and his amazing team. ... They continue to do an amazing job using advanced technologies to hold violators accountable for their actions here in our county. We are proud to be part of that."

County inmate records show Singh was booked into the jail at 10:41 a.m. Thursday. She is expected to make her first court appearance on Friday.

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