A Michigan woman is charged with the murder of newborn babiesThe investigators used new advances in genetic genealogy to find a suspect in the 2003 murder of newborn babies. A Michigan woman was charged with this.
Antoinette Briley, 41, of Holland, Michigan, is charged with first-degree murder and was arrested on Thursday in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Bail is set for her at $150,000, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
On June 6, 2003, an employee of the Waste Management Department emptying garbage cans in an alley in Stickney, Illinois, saw the bodies of two newborn boys in the front of a garbage truck.
The autopsy revealed that the children were born alive and died from suffocation, and their death was recognized as murder. Despite the extensive investigation at that time, the case remained unsolved.
Investigators resumed the investigation in 2018, using a comparison of DNA found at the scene and recent developments in genetic genealogy. This allowed the investigators to identify Brailley as the potential biological mother of the victims who killed them, the sheriff’s office said.
Brailey now has a daughter, who was previously arrested for misconduct, but not for serious crimes.