THERE was a shocking twist in the four-year mystery of a newborn found dead by an off-duty firefighter while fishing at a popular beach.
Florida police officers have revealed more details as they continue to “seek justice for the child named ‘Baby June’ following her ‘horrific’ death.”
“We want to know who could have done such a terrible thing. We seek justice for this baby we call Baby June… all we need is a lead,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) tweeted Wednesday.
To mark the four-year anniversary of their discovery, the sheriffs have released more details of their latest findings in a special podcast.
“Something had happened, be it SIDS [Sudden infant death syndrome]accidental suffocation, intentional suffocation, intentional murder and then discarded,” one detective said.
The baffling case dates back to June 1, 2018, when an off-duty firefighter tragically discovered the remains of a newborn floating 225 feet offshore north of Boynton Inlet while fishing with his son.
According to PBSO’s special investigation unit, initial investigations indicated that the child may have been in the water for a few days.
But more details have emerged since her remains were retrieved from the sea by rescuers.
June was found to have had a needle stick in the heel of her foot – to look for signs of rare diseases in the blood – and her umbilical cord had been properly cut.
This discovery has led police to believe she was born in a hospital or was being cared for by a doctor, possibly a midwife.
Autopsy results have also shown that the infant was actually in the water for up to a day – not several.
She was found naked in the sea, but there were no obvious signs of any trauma suffered by the 14-day-old baby.
A coroner ruled the case a homicide because the cause of death was asphyxiation. She was a healthy weight at birth.
It’s also emerged that her parents are a mix of African and Central Asian ancestry, according to DNA analysis – usually found in Barbados, Trinidad or Jamaica – CBS12 reported.
However, investigators have not been able to locate relatives in the genealogical database.
They’ve also trawled through hundreds of verified newborns at area hospitals — to no avail.
A $10,000 reward for any information on her identity, where she was born, who and when, also drew a blank despite many tips.
Adding to the confusion is that it is not clear where she migrated from. Cops believe June drifted north from Broward County after conducting “drift tests” of the ocean water.
At one point, sheriffs were investigating whether the child might have come off a migrant boat. They also feared there might be a “floating mom or someone else,” according to the podcast.
However, when they questioned officials in the Bahamas, they were told there had been no reports of missing babies or suspicious cases.
Officials haven’t given up hope, however, as they’ve reposted the death and asked for tips to finally solve the mystery.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5476284/twist-cops-reveal-cause-death-baby-floating-beach/ Shock twist after police officers revealed the cause of death of a 14-day-old baby found floating in the water off a popular beach spot