On Tuesday, the boyfriend of murdered pregnant woman Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind gained legal custody of their infant daughter, Haisley Jo.
WDAY reports that a Cass County District Court judge suspended an order that placed Haisley Jo in protective custody and granted custody to Ashton Matheny.
“It’s amazing–it’s all over with finally,” Matheny told the local station Tuesday. “I’ve been here almost a month fighting for my daughter. It’s been the toughest month of my life.”
“I’ve been waiting to be a father for a while. She’s the only good thing that came out of this. She looks a lot like Savanna.”
Matheny announced Monday that a DNA test confirmed him and LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, as Haisley Jo’s parents. He told the local station that his daughter weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces when she was brought to the hospital. He chose her birthday as August 21, two days after LaFontaine-Greywind disappeared.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, LaFontaine-Greywind was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her Fargo, North Dakota, apartment on August 19. Kayakers found woman’s remains wrapped in plastic near the Red River on August 27.
Two suspects, William Henry Hoehn, 32, and Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, were arrested August 24 after authorities allegedly found the slain woman’s 2-day-old baby girl in their apartment. Crews is accused of luring LaFontaine-Greywind to the upstairs apartment under the guise of helping her with a sewing project.
Crews allegedly told officers that she helped LaFontaine-Greywind self-induce her birth at Crews’ apartment on August 19. She also claimed that LaFontaine-Greywind returned two days later to give her the newborn.
WDAY reported that Haisley Jo was given a clean bill of health and suffered no significant injuries. Authorities are awaiting a detailed autopsy, which will likely determine how the baby was born and LaFontaine-Greywind’s exact cause of death.
Hoehn and Crews are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and providing false information to law enforcement. They are being held at the Cass County Jail on $2 million bail each.
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