Police in Seattle arrested a 50-year-old woman whose baby was found in a trash can 23 years ago.
According to the Seattle Police Department, on November 20, 1997, a staff member at a gas station on the 8700 block of Lake City Way Northeast called the police after discovering the baby, who was deceased, in a trash can in the bathroom.
The Seattle Police Department opened a homicide investigation after the King County Medical Examiner determined the child had been born alive.
At the time, police could not identify the woman. They used a placental blood clot found at the scene as DNA evidence. They submitted the information to a state database, but no matches came back.
In 2018, Seattle Police Department detectives began investigating the case again. They got information from a genealogy website that matched the description and DNA of the woman from the gas station's surveillance footage. Police performed an undercover operation and obtained a DNA sample, which matched the sample in the state database.
Investigators interviewed the 50-year-old woman, who they did not publicly identify, and on March 11 arrested her and booked her into the King County Jail for Investigation of Homicide, according to Seattle Police.
A spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told the Times that the statute of limitations for manslaughter -- three years -- has expired. Felony murder, however, does not have a statute of limitations.