On May 29, 2015, the baby's mother reported her missing, prompting a large search. The girl's mother said she'd left baby Janna with Fairbanks the day before. On May 28, he told her that Janna had died.
He initially said he found her dead and, in the resulting panic, told police he wrapped her body in a blanket and drove around for hours before dumping her body in a dumpster.
Fairbanks later told investigators that he put a pillow over her to muffle her cries on the day she died. Investigators spent months searching for the baby's body, scouring landfills and eventually recovering a blanket.
The search included a retention pond near the family's home, a trash dumpster, a trash transfer station and two landfills. Without her remains, prosecutors couldn't prove their murder case, leading to his acquittal on that charge.