'Jane Doe' Charged In Death Of Abandoned Infant

Jennifer Keiper
August 05, 2019 - 7:05 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Nearly three years after a newborn girl was found dead in unincorporated Wheaton, an indictment has been handed-up against the DNA profile of a woman.

The body of Baby Hope, as she’s become known, was found in a backpack on Aug. 15, 2016 by landscape workers.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating the case ever since. As part of the case, a DNA profile has been worked up for a “Jane Doe” whom authorities consider culpable.

“We have not been able to identify that profile belongs to, but we know it’s one person,” Berlin said.

A grand jury indicted Jane Doe on a charge of failing to report the death or disappearance of a child, a Class 4 felony. The statute of limitations was running out for the offense, Berlin said.

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office has said the baby took at least one breath before dying.