Four years ago, the body of a newborn baby was found floating in the Boynton Beach Inlet in Florida, and it seemed as if the child’s horrific murder would go unsolved. But now, thanks to DNA technology, the mother of the baby girl has been arrested, and it seems justice will finally be served.
Arya Singh was found to be the mother of “Baby June,” as detectives called the baby girl. Singh is now facing a first-degree murder charge.
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“She’s the mother, and she is solely responsible,” Palm Beach County Detective Brittany Christoffel said in a press conference. “We got the DNA from the father, who was very cooperative. He knew nothing about this baby. He knew that he had a girlfriend around that time that told him she had been pregnant but had taken care of it. He was thinking she perhaps had an abortion.”
Detectives secretly took a piece of garbage, discarded by Singh, to test her DNA. Cell phone records further placed her in the area, 40 hours before Baby June was found. Singh has since confessed to the murder. The cause of death has not been released, but it is believed that Baby June was dead before she went into the water. Singh told police she hadn’t known she was pregnant until she gave birth, and didn’t know what to do.
After killing her daughter, detectives said Singh followed the case, searching news articles about the discovery of her daughter’s body. “But she’s never come forward in all this time,” Christoffel said. It was a case that broke the hearts of those involved.
“The men and women of law enforcement always think they are tough and they have seen it all but I guarantee you when you see a newborn infant floating in the ocean like somebody had discarded like a piece of trash, it tugs at your heart,” Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said.
“It was four years ago that I stood in front of these same cameras and asked for the public’s support in trying to figure out what happened and who this unidentified child was,” Palm Beach County Special Investigations Unit Captain Steven Strivelli told reporters. “I’m very, very happy to announce that today, we have all those questions answered.”