Four years after a day-old baby was found floating in waters off the east coast of South Florida near Palm Beach County, police announced Thursday that they have arrested the infant’s mother in connection with the incident. ,
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) confirmed this Thursday afternoon some details of the arrest and investigation related to the death of the baby, known as “Baby June,” the date it was found.
Arya Singh, 29, was identified as the child’s mother and now faces a charge of first-degree murder, a PBSO official said.
Authorities have spent years trying to identify “Baby June” and locate her parents since her body was found in the waters off Boynton Beach on June 1, 2018.
Investigators said Singh claimed she did not know she was pregnant until she gave birth, and that after giving birth she was not sure whether the child was alive or dead.
According to police, Singh may have given birth on May 30 and GPS data and cell phone records show she was at the beach that day. The child’s body was found after about 40 hours.
Chris Lemieux, an off-duty firefighter who was cruising the waters off Boynton Beach that day, found the little girl and called the authorities. Investigators believe she was no more than 14 days old.
A medical examiner ruled the case a homicide. The condition in which the body was found led detectives to believe it had been born at a medical center.
Investigators believe it was in the water for at least a day and may have floated from Broward County to Palm Beach.
A DNA test revealed that “Baby June”‘s ancestry was mixed between African and Central Asian. However, investigators were unable to identify the child after searching a database on “Baby June” dates for all babies born in Palm Beach and Broward counties.
Authorities offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.