A Woman Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter Decades After A Dog Discovered Her Newborn’s Body In A Gravel Pit In Maine

According to the Office of the Maine Attorney General, a Massachusetts lady admitted on Thursday to manslaughter in the death of her newborn, whose body was discovered by a dog in a gravel pit in Maine over 40 years ago.

According to Maine State Police, Lee Ann Daigle, 59, of Lowell, was detained in June of last year and charged with one count of murder.

On December 7, 1985, Baby Jane Doe’s body was discovered in Frenchville, Maine. Some 700 feet from where the infant’s body was recovered, a Husky found the infant and carried her back to his owner’s house.

State investigators were able to follow the dog’s trail to the gravel pit, where Baby Jane Doe was delivered and later abandoned in subfreezing conditions, according to the police.

According to Danna Hayes, a special agent with the Office of the Maine Attorney General, the dead infant was discovered naked, half frozen, and with a portion of her umbilical cord still connected.

The investigation into the cold case was made possible, according to the police, by advancements in DNA technology.

According to Shannon Moss, a representative for the Maine Department of Public Safety, genetic genealogy data produced investigative leads that enabled Maine State Police to identify Daigle, formerly known as Lee Ann Guerette, as the child’s biological mother.

According to Hayes, only Daigle was charged even though both parents had been discovered to be alive.

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According to court records, Daigle was freed on bail from Aroostook County in August 2022. The date of her sentence is June 20. CNN made an effort to get in touch with Daigle’s attorney, but did not immediately hear back.

In Maine, a “Safe Haven” law became effective in 2015. The law permits parents to turn over infants younger than 31 days old to Safe Haven caregivers, including as police officers, hospital employees, emergency room personnel, and medical professionals.

The legislation prohibits providers from attempting to detain the parent and safeguards the privacy of the parent who gives up custody of a child.

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