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DNA Match Leads to Mother's Arrest Over Newborn's Death

A newborn baby was found dead in a ditch in South Dakota, but the case went cold. Then a detective picked up the case again 28 years after the crime, NBC News reports . "This case felt solvable, it always felt like we were so close," retired Sioux Falls Detective Michael Webb told NBC News. US Airlines Still Flying Max 8 as Nations Ground Boeing Jet The baby's mother has now been arrested and faces murder charges. The key was DNA and a searchable database that led to a match between the mother and the newborn. DNA technology company Parabon NanoLabs found two possible genetic familial matches using GEDMatch.com, a free open-source website that allows people to upload their genetic information retrieved from genetic testing companies like 23andMe and Ancestry to find other relatives or for research. Tesla Walks Back Its Plan to Close Most Showrooms Results from the open-source database together with old wedding and birth announcements allowed investigators to build "limited" family trees, eventually leading them to Theresa Bentaas — the baby's biological mother, who still after nearly four decades lived in Sioux Falls.  Photo Credit: Scott Gries/Getty Images

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