Mother of 'Angel Baby Doe' charged more than 20 years after newborn found dead on side of road in Texa

Authorities charged a Texas woman Tuesday after her newborn infant was found dead and abandoned on a road more than two decades ago.   

After being identified as the child's mother using DNA enhancement technology in the cold case, Shelby Stotts was charged with second-degree manslaughter. 

"After more than twenty years, we are closer to securing justice for Angel Baby Doe and ensuring that the perpetrator is held accountable," stated Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.   

"I am thankful for our investigators’ talent and tenacity, and I commend the law enforcement professionals with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for their dedication to uncovering the truth."  

Ken Paxton said in a news release that Stotts, 48, abandoned "Angel Baby Doe," in November 2001. Authorities stated she neglected to seek "prompt medical care" after giving birth and clamp the baby's umbilical cord, causing the youngster to bleed to death.   

The lifeless newborn was found wrapped in a jacket on a road between Alvarado and Burleson, 20 miles south of Fort Worth, with the umbilical cord still attached.  

The sheriff's office hired Othram, a Houston-based DNA lab that uses genetic technology to solve cold cases, for forensic-grade genome sequencing in June 2021.   

This is Othram's fifth DNA-solved Texas cold case. Texas' 1999 "Safe Haven Law" lets parents leave unwanted children at fire stations and hospitals for 60 days without inquiries.   

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