A Seattle woman has been arrested over the cold case death of her newborn baby in 1997 after genealogy sleuths who helped capture Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo matched her DNA through an ancestry website. arrested Christine Warren, 50, after surreptitiously collecting her DNA through a bogus mailing they sent her
The body of an unidentified newborn, dubbed Baby Boy Doe by officials, was found in a gas station trash can in 1997, but the case went unsolved for 23 years.
But a DNA breakthrough by genealogy experts who helped catch DeAngelo in 2018 has now identified Christine Marie Warren as the child’s mother, and she was arrested in Seattle last week.
Warren, 50, appeared in King County District Court in Washington state on Friday charged with second-degree murder of her infant child.
Authorities say Warren confessed to giving birth in the gas station bathroom, before abandoning the baby’s body in a trash can, according to court documents obtained by Q13 FOX.
Experts were able to match a sample taken from a bloodclot in the baby’s placenta to a genealogy website, leading them to Warren.
Detectives later confirmed the boy was alive when it was born. They surmised his body was likely only found due to the trash liner being made of a clear, see-through plastic.
The 1997 cold case was reopened by Seattle detectives in 2018, hopeful that advances in forensics would lead to a breakthrough in the case.
They sent the preserved DNA sample to a private laboratory in Oklahoma City.
The child’s full DNA profile was then entered into GEDmatch, a genealogy website which was also used by law enforcement to catch Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo in 2018.
When questioned, according to the court documents, Warren said she thought the newborn was dead but that she never checked his vital signs before placing the child in the trash can and covering him with garbage.
Charging documents say she faces a sentence of 10 to 18 years in prison if convicted.