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UPDATE: "Baby Precious" Identified, Suspect Indicted After Cold Case Investigation (Photo)

September 21, 2023 12:29


“Baby Precious,” a newborn infant girl who was found deceased over a decade ago, has been identified, and a suspect has been arrested related to her death.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 8:33 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a deceased baby found in a recycling center at 4325 North Commerce Street. The Medical Examiner ruled the baby's death a homicide. Despite significant community outreach by the Portland Police Bureau and Crimestoppers of Oregon, and widespread community concern, the identity of Baby Precious remained unknown and the case went cold.

In 2019, the Portland Police Cold Case Unit took on the case under primary Detective Brendan McGuire. Detective McGuire sent tissues to a Bode Technology, a private forensics laboratory with whom the Bureau has partnered on several cases for forensic genetic genealogy assistance. It did not immediately result in a lead. In December 2021, Detective McGuire was alerted to a family connection fo

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