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California woman charged with 1988 murder of newborn baby after new DNA links

Added 08-04-20 09:13:02am EST - “A 52-year-old California woman has been arrested and charged with murder, more than 30 years after she allegedly killed her newborn son and hid his body in a paper bag near a local creek.” - Nydailynews.com

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A 52-year-old California woman has been arrested and charged with murder, more than 30 years after she allegedly killed her newborn son and hid his body in a paper bag near a local creek.

Lesa Lopez, who was 20 at the time, told police that she hid her pregnancy from family and friends and left the baby, who was born alive, along an embankment in Castro Valley to be found on May 15, 1988, by two children playing by the creek, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

Baby John Doe was posthumously named Richard Jayson Terrance Rein and given a 200-person funeral at St. Leander Church in San Leandro.

The baby’s death remained unsolved for decades until DNA evidence from the crime scene was identified in 2005, but there were no matches to the presumed mother in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Four years later, in the summer of 2019, cold case detectives reopened the investigation and used forensic genetic genealogy from the FBI and private labs, including Oklahoma-based DNA solutions and Gene By Gene, which owns the genealogy website FamilyTreeDNA.

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