Michigan woman charged with 2003 murder, death of newborn twins

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Antoinette Briley, 41, of Holland, Michigan, is charged with two counts of first degree murder. Briley was arrested Thursday in Oak Lawn, Ill., Dart said.

At a bail hearing on Saturday, Briley was named a public defender to represent her and her bond was set at $ 150,000, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The case began on June 6, 2003, when a Waste Management employee emptying trash cans in an alleyway in Stickney Township, Ill., Saw the bodies of the boys in the front lift bucket of his garbage truck. .

An autopsy determined the children were born alive and died of asphyxiation, Dart said in a press release. The deaths were reported homicides.

Despite a thorough investigation at the time, the case is still not resolved.

Investigators reopened the case in 2018, using DNA recovered from the scene and the latest developments in genetic genealogy. The effort led to a breakthrough that allowed investigators to identify Briley as the victims’ potential birth mother, the sheriff’s office said.

Cook County Sheriff’s Detective Ginny Georgantas said on Saturday she lobbied for the case to be reopened after genetic genealogy was used to identify a man who ultimately pleaded guilty in the Golden case State Killer in California.

Detectives traveled to Holland, Michigan and obtained a discarded article with Briley’s DNA, which matches the boys’ DNA, Dart said.

“Seventeen years ago we wouldn’t have done it that way,” Leo Schmitz, chief of public safety in the sheriff’s department, said at a press conference on Saturday.

Investigators learned Thursday that Briley was in Cook County and conducted a traffic stop to take her into custody.

Sean Gleason, deputy head of the Cook County Police Department’s detective division, said Briley was “distraught” when she was arrested. Briley, who has a daughter, had previously been arrested for misdemeanors but not for other crimes, he said.

CNN’s Claudia Dominguez and Fenly Foxen contributed to this report.

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