A DNA test has confirmed that a baby discovered with the neighbors of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind does, in fact, belong to the murdered Fargo, North Dakota woman.
The body of 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind was found last month by kayakers. She was located in the Red River, which borders North Dakota and Minnesota, "heavily wrapped in plastic and duct tape" and stuck to a log. The woman was eight-months pregnant when she was killed.
Three days earlier, police found a newborn baby in the apartment of LaFontaine-Greywind’s neighbors, 32-year-old William Henry Hoehn and a 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews. LaFountaine-Greywind was last seen at their apartment modelling a dress that Crews was sewing. Both neighbors were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, among other charges.
Ashton Matheny, the slain woman’s boyfriend confirmed in an interview with The Forum on Tuesday that a DNA test confirmed the baby found was, indeed, his and LaFontaine-Greywind's. According to People, Matheny brought the baby, Haisley Jo Greywind-Matheny, to her mother’s funeral last Thursday.
In an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Matheny said, "I've been waiting to be a father for a while. She's the only good thing that came out of this. She looks a lot like Savanna."
Matheny, 21, attended a custody hearing on Tuesday, where he was granted full custody of the baby. He told the Duluth News Tribune that he cried tears of joy at the court decision. He and the victim dated for six years.
Haisley Jo experienced no significant health problems. As of now, it is still unknown when the baby was born or how she was born. Police are unsure if the little girl induced early, or if she was taken from her mother violently.
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