Breakthrough in 39-Year-Old “Baby Mary” Cold Case

After nearly four decades, law enforcement has cracked the 39-year-old cold case of “Baby Mary”, a newborn found dead in a wooded area in Mendham Township, New Jersey in 1984. The infant was discovered abandoned with her umbilical cord still attached. She was later baptized as “Mary” by Rev. Michael Drury of St. Joseph Church.

Recent advancements in DNA technology and comprehensive investigative efforts enabled the authorities to identify the biological parents of the infant. Baby Mary’s mother, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was located in South Carolina and charged with manslaughter in April. Given her juvenile status during the time of the crime, her identity remains confidential. She could face up to three years in prison if convicted. The biological father, who passed away 14 years ago, was found to be unaware of the pregnancy.

Mendham Township Police Chief, Ross Johnson, highlighted the relentless efforts by the department and the initiative taken by the former Police Chief, Steven Crawford, to reopen the case nine years ago, which led to this significant breakthrough. The local community, along with the police department, has held memorial services at Baby Mary’s grave every Christmas Eve for the past 35 years.

Johnson praised the continuous dedication of the officers involved over the years and Rev. Drury’s role in integrating Baby Mary into the community, adding that this development brings much-needed closure to a case that has haunted the community for nearly 40 years.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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