THE mother of an infant identified only as Baby June has been arrested almost five years after the girl was found floating in the ocean.
Arya Singh, 29, was arrested Thursday, years after an off-duty firefighter found her infant daughter naked and floating in West Palm Beach’s Boynton Beach Inlet on June 1, 2018.
Investigators believe Singh threw her lifeless daughter into the sea from Boynton Inlet.
At the time of discovery, authorities estimated the little girl was between four and seven days old.
Detectives determined the toddler had been swimming in the sea for between six and 18 hours before being found.
An autopsy revealed that baby June had a needle stick in her heel and her umbilical cord was severed.
For years, the case had baffled officials when probes in birth records in Broward and Palm Beach counties turned up nothing during the time frame.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office took a break in the cold case after they successfully identified the child’s father.
“He knew nothing about the baby,” Detective Christoffel said Thursday.
“He knew he had a girlfriend at the time[who]told him she was pregnant, but she had taken care of it.”
Christoffel said Singh told the father she had an abortion.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Officers collected a “covert DNA sample” from the 29-year-old mother, which confirmed her relationship to baby June.
Singh’s cellphone records showed that she had been at Boynton Beach Inlet on May 30, 2018, about 40 hours before the child was found.
Investigators also learned that the 29-year-old sifted through messages about the baby’s discovery in the days that followed.
“But she never got in touch in all that time,” said Christoffel.
Palm Beach County District Attorney Dave Aronberg has charged Singh with first-degree murder.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6925448/arrest-made-baby-june-case-florida/ Shock update in Baby June murder case as cops arrest mother Arya Singh 4 years after newborn’s body was found in ocean