Seminole County, Fla. , A Central Florida woman has been arrested in connection with the death of an infant in Connecticut in 1986, police said Friday.
According to police, 62-year-old Jenita Phillips of Lake Mary was arrested on charges of murder. His bond is set at $50,000.
According to Greenwich Police in Connecticut, on May 16, 1986, a newborn boy was found dead inside a sanitation truck that had emptied a dumpster into the apartment building.
“The Chief Medical Examiner’s office determined that the cause of death was strangulation and treated the case as a homicide. It was determined that the child was born alive and was killed soon after birth,” police said.
For years they could not correctly identify the killer.
In 2020, the Greenwich Police Cold Case Unit employed newly available forensic testing to link physical evidence found at the scene with that of the dead child’s mother.
“Additional investigations, including the assistance of law enforcement officers in Florida, confirmed the identity of the deceased child’s parents as Janita Phillips, a resident of 27 Havemire Place at the time of the infant’s death.”
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Detectives in Connecticut traveled to Florida in September 2021 with the help of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Phillips.
“During this interview, and in a subsequent written statement, Phillips acknowledged that she was the child’s mother and caused his death. Additional DNA testing further confirmed that Phillips was the mother of the deceased child.”
The arrest warrant was obtained on 17 November. Phillips surrendered at Greenwich Police Headquarters where he was arrested.
“We are grateful that this newborn child in our community is getting justice. The investigation into his tragic death took many years, but he will always be remembered and we hope this finding brings him peace and recognition.”