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Baby June: Newborn baby found floating in ocean died from foul play, police open homicide investigation

Months after a baby girl was found deceased and floating in water off of a Palm Beach County, Florida, coast, authorities announced the infant died from homicide.

CBS 12News reports that a Florida firefighter found the unclothed infant, nicknamed “Baby June,” floating in 75 to 100 feet of water at the Boynton Beach Inlet in June. Baby June had no visible signs of bruising or cuts, aside a small needle-sized prick on her left foot. Her umbilical cord was also clipped, indicating she was likely born in a hospital or birthing center.

According to a medical examiner, the baby’s death was not natural and foul play is suspected. It’s still unclear, however, how the baby was killed. She was likely around a week old when found, placing her birthdate at some point between May 25 to May 28.

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Aerial image of area where Baby June was found [Photo: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]
According to PBSO Captain Steven Strivelli, May births at hospitals in Palm Beach and Broward counties have been checked. No matches have been made yet.

“We’ve got the DNA in the database and it’s going to be continually run by Parabon,” Strivelli said on Monday. “I’m confident that some day we’ll figure out what happened here, but I’m not willing to wait 50 Years. I want to see what we can do now.”

DNA tests indicated that baby was half African and half Central Asian, according to FOX News.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides valid information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS, or call the Special Victims Unit of the PBSO at 561-688-4155.

Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Baby June/PBSO]