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SD BABY ANDREW: M, newborn, found in a Sioux Falls, SD ditch - 28 February 1981 *Identified!*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Akoya, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    A driver found the newborn baby boy in a ditch around 3:10 pm about 3/4 mile south of 26th Street and Sycamore Drive. The baby was covered with a bed sheet and wine-colored wool blanket.

    The coroner indicated the baby had been born healthy and near full-term. His umbilical cord was still attached.

    A woman from the community named the newborn Andrew and offered to pay for his funeral. Fifty people attended his service.

    In January 2016, it was announced that Baby Andrew's remains had been exhumed in hopes of gathering DNA to identify his parents.
     
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  2. Akoya

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    White bed sheet with flowers from scene


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    Maroon blanket from scene


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  3. Akoya

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    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/17189

    NamUs UP # 17189
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    ME/C Case Number: 1981-5609
    Minnehaha County, South Dakota
    0 to year old White Male

    Case Report - NamUs UP # 17189
    Case Information

    Status Unidentified
    Case number 1981-5609
    Date found February 28, 1981 15:00
    Date created November 01, 2017 15:02
    Date last modified November 02, 2017 12:39
    Investigating agency
    date QA reviewed

    Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
    Agency Minnehaha Cnty Coroners Ofc
    Phone 605-333-1730
    Case Manager
    Name Michael Webb
    Phone 605-978-6673

    Demographics
    Estimated age Infant
    Minimum age 0 years
    Maximum age years
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Male
    Weight (pounds) 6, Measured
    Height (inches) 19, Measured
    Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
    All parts recovered

    Body conditions
    Recognizable face
    Probable year of death 1981 to
    Estimated postmortem interval 1 Days

    Circumstances
    Location Found
    GPS coordinates
    Address 1 26th Street
    Address 2 Sycamore Avenue
    City Sioux Falls
    State South Dakota
    Zip code 57103
    County Minnehaha
    Circumstances
    Infant white male found on top of blankets in a ditch on the edge of the city on 2-28-1981. He had been there approximately 1 1/2 days and coroner advised the baby was born alive and died due to exposure to the elements. Infant was found on top of a maroon blanket and a white flowered sheet. Multiple leads followed up at the time of investigation and parent(s) were not located and case is unsolved.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Sparse - newborn

    Fingerprints
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Other items found
    with body
    Maroon blanket
    White bed sheet with maroon colored flowers
    Red plaid shirt

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
     
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Argus Leader
    35 years ago, a baby was found dead in a ditch. Police hope DNA testing can determine who his parents were

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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1715umsd.html

    1715UMSD - Unidentified Male
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    Date of Discovery: February 28, 1981
    Location of Discovery: Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota
    Estimated Date of Death: 24 hours
    State of Remains: Recognizable face
    Cause of Death: Most likely hypothermia and blood loss.

    Physical Description
    Estimated Age: Newborn
    Race: Unknown
    Gender: Male
    Height: Unknown
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Unknown
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Not available.
    Fingerprints: Not available.
    DNA: Pending

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Discovery
    A driver found the newborn baby boy in a ditch around 3:10 pm about 3/4 mile south of 26th Street and Sycamore Drive. The baby was covered with a bed sheet and wine-colored wool blanket.

    The coroner indicated the baby had been born healthy and near full-term. His umbilical cord was still attached.

    A woman from the community named the newborn Andrew and offered to pay for his funeral. Fifty people attended his service.

    In January 2016, it was announced that Baby Andrew's remains had been exhumed in hopes of gathering DNA to identify his parents.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Sioux Falls Police Department
    Agency Contact Person: Detective Mike Webb/Sergeant Tim Hagen
    Agency Phone Number: 605-367-7234
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: 1981-5609

    NCIC Case Number: N/A
    NamUs Case Number: Not listed

    Information Source(s)
    Sioux City Police Department
    Argus Leader News
     
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Baby_Andrew

    Baby Andrew

    Baby Andrew was a newborn baby discovered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on February 28, 1981.

    He died from exposure and a loss of blood.

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    Baby Andrew
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    Sex Male
    Race Unknown
    Location Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Found February 28, 1981
    Unidentified for 37 years
    Postmortem interval 24 hours
    Body condition Recognizable face
    Age approximation Newborn
    Height approximation Unknown
    Weight approximation Unknown
    Cause of death Exposure (homicide)
     
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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    A driver found the newborn baby boy in a ditch around 3:10 pm about 3/4 mile south of 26th Street and Sycamore Drive.

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    E 26th St & S Sycamore Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57110
     
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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://ksoo.com/sioux-falls-police-still-trying-to-solve-1981-baby-death/

    SIOUX FALLS POLICE STILL TRYING TO SOLVE 1981 BABY DEATH
    ASSOCIATED PRESSJanuary 20, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police are making another attempt to solve the death of a baby 35 years ago.

    The infant known as Baby Andrew John Doe was found frozen at the bottom of an icy ditch in February 1981. The coroner at the time said the baby died of cold and blood loss, likely within two hours of his birth.

    The Argus Leader reports that police exhumed the baby's skeletal remains last year and sent them to a forensics laboratory in Fort Worth, Texas, after learning about a method for extracting DNA from bones. Investigators think the technology gives them a chance to identify to whom the baby belonged.


    Police Chief Matt Burns says finding out who the parents are "is a fundamental piece in getting this case solved."
     
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Si...formation-about-1981-cold-case-475557073.html

    Sioux Falls police seeking information about 1981 cold case

    Posted: Thu 11:32 AM, Mar 01, 2018


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Authorities in Sioux Falls are asking for the public's help in a 1981 cold case involving the death of an infant.

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    According to Public Information Sam Clemens, an abandoned newborn baby boy was found near 26th Street and Sycamore Avenue on February 28, 1981. The baby died of exposure.

    On Thursday, police released new pictures from the crime scene. The photos show details about the area, as well as a blanket, sheet, and shirt the baby was left with.

    Clemens said they hope they might spark a memory, or encourage someone who knows something about the case to come forward.

    Police began looking back into the case eight years ago using DNA testing, but have not yet connected the case to any suspects.

    Anyone with any information about the crime is asked to call police at 605-367-7212.

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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2016/01/19/man-haunted-memory-abandoned-baby/79020044/

    Man haunted by memory of abandoned baby
    Mark Walker, mwalker@argusleader.com Published 5:22 p.m. CT Jan. 19, 2016

    Sioux Falls man discovered baby Andrew John Doe in ditch 35 years ago

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    A red wine-colored blanket caught his eye while cruising in the passenger seat of a friend's new jeep.

    Lee Litz asked his friend to pull over. He stepped out into the cold air with a sour feeling in his gut.

    He reached down, lifted the blanket and found a lifeless baby boy, tears frozen to his cheeks.

    “I went straight up into the air – it really scared me,” Litz said.

    The memory tormented him for years and remains etched in his mind 35 years later.

    Litz is the passerby who called police in 1981 after finding Baby Andrew John Doe in a ditch near 33rd Street and Sycamore Avenue. The case remains one of Sioux Falls' few unsolved homicides. Police recently sent the baby's remains to a forensics lab in Texas, where technicians are working to extract DNA evidence in hopes of identifying the mother.

    The coroner said at the time said the baby died of cold and blood loss, likely within two hours of his birth. In the moment, Litz knew the baby was dead but he still thought paramedics might revive him. He rushed to a friend's house nearby and called police. Sioux Falls Police confirmed Tuesday that Litz made the call.

    Cold case: Police hope DNA leads to parents of abandoned baby


    Litz was among about 50 strangers who attended a funeral for the boy a week after he was found in the ditch.

    “I still can see a little boy lying in his casket and feeling this is so wrong,” Litz said.

    Reading about the police department's effort to close the case with DNA evidence brought back difficult memories, Litz said, but it also gave him hope that Baby Andrew will have some justice.

    Few days go by when Baby Andrew doesn’t cross Litz’s mind, he said. His wife was pregnant at the time. His daughter and Baby Andrew would be the same age. He wonders what Baby Andrew would have become if he'd noticed him lying in the ditch sooner.

    “I sure would have adopted him rather than see him die like that,” Litz said.

    Litz still visits the baby's grave at St. Michael Cemetery on Cliff Avenue. So does Litz’s daughter, Crystal Oestreich, who leave flowers and sock animals for someone she considers her older brother.

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    “He’s got a family, even though his mom and whoever did this horrible thing to him,” Oestreich said as she wiped tears from her eyes.

    Litz turned to alcohol in the weeks that followed the discovery. He struggled through restless nights and nightmares. “Over the years it’s subsided,” Litz said.

    Two days after the funeral, Litz remembers hearing about a baby who was dropped off in front of a local fire station. He regretted that Baby Andrew didn’t have the same chance.

    “To see a child thrown away like that – how could someone do that,” said Litz. “Someone got away with murder.”

    Only one thing will put Litz’s mind at ease: to have Baby Andrew’s killer brought to justice.

    Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens said Sunday's Argus Leader coverage hadn't prompted any new leads or phone calls, but investigators hope to have the case closed by year’s end.

    “I’d like to go to my grave knowing this has been solved,” Litz said.
     
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  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.aberdeennews.com/sioux-...cle_b84bbaa6-bfad-11e5-8752-3f6ea102f218.html

    Sioux Falls police still trying to solve 1981 baby death
    • Jan 20, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS — Sioux Falls police are making another attempt to solve the death of a baby 35 years ago.

    The infant known as Baby Andrew John Doe was found frozen at the bottom of an icy ditch on Feb. 28, 1981. The coroner at the time said the baby died of cold and blood loss, likely within two hours of his birth.

    Police exhumed the baby's skeletal remains last year and sent them to a forensics laboratory in Fort Worth, Texas, after learning about a method for extracting DNA from bones, the Argus Leader newspaper reported (http://argusne.ws/1S46oBB ). Investigators think the technology gives them a chance to identify the baby's mother and father.


    "Finding out who the parents are is a fundamental piece in getting this case resolved," Police Chief Matt Burns said.

    Police in 1981 asked the public and local doctors for help identifying the mother, but no leads surfaced. A woman did offer to arrange a funeral. She refused to give her name but did name the baby as Andrew.

    The case remains one of Sioux Falls' few unsolved homicides. Police expect lab results later this year.

    "If there is something new we can work with to develop a new lead, we will follow it until it runs into a dead-end or conclusion," said Lt. David McIntire with the Sioux Falls Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit.

    Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan said he supports the police department's decision to test the remains, and that he would consider bringing charges in the case.


    "If we are able to develop a suspect and had probable cause to believe that a crime occurred, my office would certainly review the matter to hold any offenders accountable," he said.

    Lee Litz, the passer-by who called police in 1981 after spotting the baby's body, said the memory remains etched in his mind 35 years later.

    "To see a child thrown away like that — how could someone do that?" he said. "Someone got away with murder."
     
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  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.argusleader.com/story/n...pe-dna-leads-parents-abandoned-baby/78762376/

    Cold case: Police hope DNA leads to parents of abandoned baby
    Mark Walker, mwalker@argusleader.comPublished 3:56 p.m. CT Jan. 16, 2016

    35 years ago, a baby was found dead in a ditch. Police hope DNA testing can determine who his parents were

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    Baby Andrew John Doe spent his life at the bottom of an icy ditch.

    Wrapped in a sheet and blanket, he was left to freeze in the cold of February.

    A driver spotted the bundle along Sycamore Avenue, but it was too late.

    Baby Andrew would have turned 35 next month. Instead, his remains sit in a forensics laboratory in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Sioux Falls Police exhumed the baby’s skeletal remains and sent them south after learning about a method for extracting DNA from bones. Investigators think the technology gives them a chance to answer who the baby belonged to and why he was left to die in a ditch.

    “Finding out who the parents are is a fundamental piece in getting this case resolved,” Police Chief Matt Burns said.

    From the archives: Exposure killed baby


    One woman did step forward: a stranger who offered to arrange a funeral but wouldn’t share her name. She did name the baby: Andrew.

    A week after the infant was found, about 50 strangers gathered for a service to say goodbye. Children left stuffed animals — a brown bear, a black poodle — next to the tiny casket. A gold-plated pin was fastened to his yellow pajamas reading “You are loved.”

    At the funeral, detectives scanned the crowd in hopes of spotting the mother or someone else with answers, but none emerged.

    Today, the case remains one of Sioux Falls’ few unsolved homicides.

    When Sioux Falls Police originally investigated the case, DNA technology had not yet emerged as a law enforcement tool.

    Today, South Dakota’s state crime lab routinely extracts genetic fingerprints from bodily fluids left behind at crime scenes. The state lab doesn’t have the expertise or equipment, though, to isolate DNA from other remains such as bones.

    “It’s a different process, it’s a different level of expertise and it’s a different level of administrative work within the laboratory,” said Mark Ingraham, associate director of the laboratory of forensic anthropology at the University of North Texas.

    It’s challenging work for most local crime labs, which are used to dealing with relatively easy extraction from blood or semen, Ingraham said.


    “We have used them on other missing persons cases where we submit DNA from family members to their lab to try to develop a known (relative) of the missing,” said Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

    Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns said when the department learned about the Texas lab’s ability to draw DNA from skeletal remains, a decision was made to send Baby Andrew off for testing. His remains were delivered to the lab last year, and police expect results later this year.

    Dr. Monte Miller, a forensic DNA expert who has worked in crime labs in Texas and South Dakota, said the strand of DNA the lab in Texas will hopefully extract could link the baby to his mother or anyone on her side of the family.

    Cold case that baffled investigators, falsely accused man is solved


    Follow Mark Walker on Twiter at @argusmwalker.
     
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  15. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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  16. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    I agree with you. It's heartbreaking. This media quote just tore me apart.

    He reached down, lifted the blanket and found a lifeless baby boy, tears frozen to his cheeks.
    “I went straight up into the air – it really scared me,” Litz said.
     
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  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    A Sioux Falls woman arrested on murder and manslaughter charges told investigators she was "young and stupid" when she allegedly left her newborn child on the side of the road.

    Court documents reveal new details in the cold case from Feb. 28, 1981, in which a baby boy was found dead wrapped in blankets near what is now 26th Street and Sycamore Avenue.

    There authorities found the newborn with the placenta still attached, a pair of women's underwear, a shirt, and tissues all with blood on them.

    An autopsy showed the baby was born alive but died of exposure and "failure to assist the baby in maintaining an airway," according to court documents.

    Detectives followed numerous leads, but the investigation eventually went "cold."

    In the spring of 2009, Detective Mike Webb reopened the case in hopes of obtaining DNA evidence for testing, technology that did not exist in the 1980s.

    Authorities were approved to work with cemetery officials who disinterred the baby, who came to be known as Baby "Andrew" John Doe, from Saint Michael's Cemetery on Sept. 3, 2009.


    The appropriate remains were transported to the University of North Texas Science Center for testing. A DNA profile was forwarded to the South Dakota Forensics Lab.

    The boy's body was re-interred on June 16, 2010.

    No DNA matches were found in the South Dakota database. Policy required the sample be run through the database every year.

    The Sioux Falls Police Department recently sent the DNA sample to Parabon NanoLabs Inc., a company that provides DNA phenotyping services for law enforcement organizations.

    On Jan. 24, 2019, Parabon completed a Genetic Genealogy Report for Baby Doe. Authorities in Sioux Falls used that report to build a family tree.

    That led them to find the suspect, 57-year-old Theresa Rose (Josten) Bentaas.

    Investigators did a "trash pull" and seized a water bottle, beer can and cigarette butts that were submitted for testing, which discovered possible DNA evidence for Baby Doe's biological mother, father and brother.

    Investigators interviewed Theresa and her husband on Feb. 27, the day authorities believe would have been the boy's 38th birthday.

    Her husband admitted that Theresa had a bump and then no bump around the time the baby was found. He told investigators he heard about the baby being found but did not believe Theresa would do something like that, according to court documents.


    Theresa admitted to being pregnant in 1980-1981, but said she hid it from friends and family. She told investigators she had the baby at her apartment alone and then drove the baby to the place it was discovered.

    When asked why she picked that particular spot, Theresa said "proximity," according to court documents.

    When asked what she was thinking when she drove away from the ditch, Theresa told investigators she was sad, scared and that she ran from it and that it was not smart, according to court documents.

    She said she was in denial when she saw the new reports about the baby.

    When asked if she thinks about it when she drives by the area now, she told investigators "of course," according to court documents.

    Swab samples confirmed the Bentaas' to be the biological parents of "Andrew" John Doe, Detective Webb said during a press briefing Friday.

    Authorities arrested Theresa Friday on first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter at her home in the 3300 block of South Saguaro Avenue, about a mile away from where the baby was discovered decades ago.

    https://www.ksfy.com/content/news/S...lease-new-details-on-cold-case-506879471.html

    Thank you for the info @Jell! :welcome:
     
  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This blows me away! They finally found out what happened.

    And the birth "mom" just went on with her life. :mad:
     
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  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Wow! Almost 40 years later!

    Gives so much hope for all of the young ones discarded like trash and never reported missing.
     
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  20. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    this story is enough to make you sob anyway but then i read this

    On a winter day in 1981, the body of a newborn baby was found abandoned in a ditch near a cornfield in Sioux Falls, S.D. He had been wrapped in a blanket. Tears were frozen on his cheeks.

    tears were frozen on his cheeks? v.v. sad.
     
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