Four years after a day-old baby was found floating in waters off the east coast of South Florida near Palm Beach County, police announced Thursday that they have arrested the infant’s mother in connection with the incident. ,
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) plans to make an announcement this Thursday afternoon with details of arrests related to the death of the child, known as “Baby June.”
Since her body was found on June 1, 2018, authorities have spent years trying to identify “Baby June” and locate her parents.
Chris Lemieux, an off-duty firefighter who was cruising the waters off Boynton Beach that day, found the little girl and called the authorities. Investigators believe she was no more than 14 days old.
A medical examiner ruled the case a homicide. She had a needle stuck in her heel and her umbilical cord had been cut, leading detectives to believe she had been born in a medical facility.
Investigators believe it was in the water for at least a day and may have floated from Broward County to Palm Beach.
A DNA test revealed that “Baby June”‘s ancestry was mixed between African and Central Asian. However, investigators were unable to identify the child after searching a database on “Baby June” dates for all babies born in Palm Beach and Broward counties.
Authorities offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.