Investigation continues into death of baby found near Boynton Beach Inlet
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Detectives are trying to piece together how a newborn baby girl found floating off the Boynton Beach Inlet died and how long she had been in the water.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released a sketch of the infant that they believe is less than 2 weeks old.
The Medical Examiner’s Office said it may take anywhere from six to eight weeks before all the tests are completed.
Time is crucial in a case like this when detectives have very few details to go on.
“This case is definitely a tragedy,” private investigator John Rode said.
The case of a newborn baby girl’s body discovered floating a few dozen feet off the Boynton Beach Inlet is no doubt heart wrenching.
Rhode, a former homicide detective said with few clues to go on, says solving this case is dependent on tips from the community.
“This case is going to be solved by someone calling into police, knowing this person had the child a couple weeks ago and now she doesn’t have the child,” he said.
An off-duty firefighter first spotted the baby floating near the inlet last Friday.
Detectives said the baby was naked and appeared to be a healthy weight, but it’s still unclear whether the baby was placed in the water from a boat or tossed from shore or a nearby bridge.
“If you have child or a person in the water for a time, they swell up,” Rhode said. “They will do DNA testing to find out the actual race of the child and of course, when they locate mother, they will match DNA to the mother. The other thing is where this child was found, is there any security cameras in the houses or nearby hotels."
Palm Beach County has web cameras that show surveillance at the inlet from all directions.
As of this afternoon, the sheriff’s office had the images from the days leading up the shocking discovery removed because they were sensitive the investigation.
“They need the public’s help,” Rhode said. “They hold back key info so when they interview a suspect, only they will know the detailed info.”
Rhode explained it’s a race against the clock not only to find out how this baby died, but to find the mother and determine what sort of state she may be in.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office 561-688-4155 or the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).