A mother accused of murder 36 years after a newborn was found by a dog in a cold gravel pit!

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The mother of a newborn child was arrested and charged with murder nearly 40 years after the baby was found dead in a Siberian Husky gravel pit.

According to a statement from Maine police, the 58-year-old Lee Ann Digel – formally Lee Ann Garrett – from Lowell, Massachusetts, was arrested at her home by authorities, refused extradition and was returned to Maine on Monday. She was charged with one murder and was detained in Prison in Arustuk County in Holton.

Police say the baby, known as “Baby Jane Doe”, was born in a gravel pit in Frenchville, Maine, and then abandoned by the mother in sub-zero temperatures. The baby’s body was then found on December 7, 1985, after a dog found the child and took him less than 700 feet to his owners’ home. While investigators were able to trace the dog’s path to locate the gravel pit where the baby was born and left to freeze to death, the case eventually went nowhere.

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But “over the past two years,” the press release said, “two detectives are still” chasing every clue and spending countless hours working and tracking new clues that helped identify Baby Doe’s mother. ” In the end, they were able to confirm that Daigle is the baby’s mother, thanks to “advances in technology involving DNA and genetic genealogy.” Maine Police added:

“This case was the culmination of decades of investigative work by dozens of retired and current detectives who never refused to find answers and justice for baby Jane Doe.”

The cold case previously made headlines in 2014 when a retired major from the Maine police. Charles Love reminded of Bangor daily news for what happened when police found the baby. Then he said:

“It was so cold, just very, very cold. I was walking around the scene trying to gather information. It was so quiet in this gravel pit, and it looked like a vehicle had entered, as the tracks were very clear in the snow. There were obviously traces of dogs right next to them. I turned and traced these paw prints back to the house where the baby had dropped right next to the door.

Arman and Lorraine Peletiuswho own the dog also spoke in favor of the appalling discovery, revealing that their dog Paca he was abandoned in the morning, but soon returned home and tried to get their attention at the door.

“It’s something you don’t forget. … She kept pushing and after a while I went to see and I couldn’t believe what I saw. I saw something that looked like a little rag doll, but then we saw that a little baby was frozen.

Lorraine then said the baby was a “cute girl with reddish hair” and that investigators told her she “could not have lived more than 30 minutes.” So awful…

In a new interview with Bangor daily newsLorraine responded to the update in the cold case by saying:

“I never, never, never dreamed, even with DNA, that they would find the mother. This puts me in a situation where I am angry [Daigle]”But again, you can’t contain that anger,” she added. “She was scared and just broke my heart that she never rang our doorbell and never asked for help.

It is important to note that Maine did not have any “safe possession law” that allowed anyone to take a baby to an appropriate agency without penalty until 2002.

Daigle is now reportedly facing 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 50,000 if convicted. According to Bangor daily news, she pleaded not guilty in her first virtual appearance in court on Tuesday. The woman will return to court on August 8 in Fort Kent District Court.

[Image via Maine State Police]

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