Sheriff: DNA tests ID mother of baby girl found dead in 1994

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Sonia Charles, 50
(Photo: Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office)

JEANERETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say DNA testing has helped them identify and arrest the mother of a baby girl found dead in a trash can 25 years ago.

News outlets report 50-year-old Sonia Charles was booked Wednesday into the Iberia Parish Jail on a first-degree murder charge.

Authorities say “Baby Jane Doe” died of hypothermia on Jan. 24, 1994, in Jeanerette in south Louisiana.

Iberia Parish sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Wendell Raborn says new leads prompted investigators to re-examine evidence and they determined the baby’s DNA matched that of a relative in a national database. He says DNA testing ultimately confirmed Charles was the baby’s mother.

It’s unclear whether Charles had an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

Officers and community members had held a funeral for the baby in 1994.

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