Mother of baby left to freeze more than 30 years ago identified by DNA will NOT be charged due to statute of limitations
- A woman who had her baby freeze to death in Connecticut more than three decades ago was identified with DNA
- But Karen Kuzmak Roche will not be charged by the police in Meredith, Connecticut, where the child was found because of a statute of limitations
- The child was left in a parking lot in 1988, Roche now says she had been waiting 32 years for when authorities would come knocking on her door
- Those who found the baby’s remains called him David Paul, “God’s Little Man.” The mother said she repented, the police said
A woman who left her baby in a parking lot in Connecticut in 1988 to freeze to death has been identified by DNA testing, but will not be charged due to a statute of limitations, police said.
Meriden police chief Jeffry Cossette said the homicide case has a 20-year statute of limitations, meaning that Karen Kuzmak Roche is unlikely to be charged.
Roche, now married and living in Haddam, said she was 25 when the child was born and that her life was a mess when she left him to die, the chief said.
A woman who left her baby in a parking lot in Connecticut in 1988 to freeze to death has been identified by DNA testing, but will not be charged due to a statute of limitations, police said. The child was known as David Paul, by those who had discovered his remains
Meriden police chief Jeffry Cossette said the mother who abandoned her child in 1988 as Karen Kuzmak Roche was identified. “Miss Roche said she had waited 32 years for the day the police would knock on her door for this incident,” he said
“Miss Roche said she had waited 32 years for the day the police would knock on her door for this incident,” Cossette commented.
The state attorney’s office in New Haven will have a final word on whether she will sue her, reports WTIC.
She said remorse because she had left the baby at the foot of a tree in a parking lot in Meriden, Cosette said.
The child was found wrapped in a blanket on January 2, 1988, five days after being frozen.
The case was cracked using a relatively new technique that has been credited with helping to resolve cold issues across the country. It involves entering DNA profiles at crime scene in public genealogy databases, finding family members of the person who left the DNA and building pedigrees that lead investigators to a suspect.
The same method led to the arrest in 2018 of the so-called Golden State Killer, which according to the authorities killed at least a dozen people and raped 50 women.
A police investigation unit descends on the scene where the child was found on January 2, 1988, in images from a news segment of the time
Authorities are seen in a 1988 news segment that explores the scene where the child was found more than three decades ago
An officer is seen removing the body of the child who was left in the blanket
Roche told the authorities that she had called the fire department to tell them to look for “something” in the parking lot, but did not say it was her child.
Cossette said that the first responders went to the parking lot, but found nothing.
She also told the police that she was the only one who knew about her pregnancy, and she hid it with loose clothing.
The police marked the discovery that the child held a memorial to him every year since the remains were discovered.
In addition to calling him David Paul, the local clergymen had called him “God’s little man.”
Police and others from the community marked the discovery of the child with an annual memorial (photo)
In addition to the statute of restrictions on manslaughter, Roche’s phone call would make it difficult to prove she wanted to kill her child, the authorities said.
The father was not identified, but officials believe he knew nothing about the pregnancy or the baby that was abandoned.