A 50-year-old Minnesota woman confessed to being the mother of two newborn babies found dead in the Mississippi River in 1999 and 2003.
Jennifer Matter now faces two counts of second-degree murder after DNA tests confirmed she was linked to the children.
Matter told detectives that in 1999, she was in a bad mental state, in and out of jail, and doing a lot of “stupid things” when she delivered the baby girl that was not breathing, according to her claims.
Her second baby was a boy she gave birth to on a Red Wing beach while hiding from Police in 2003. Matter said that he was alive and that she wrapped him in a towel or blanket before abandoning him on the beach.
“For over 20 years, the deaths of these innocent babies have haunted our community and the countless law enforcement officers who have worked tirelessly on this case,” Goodhue County Sheriff Marty Kelly said.
A third baby girl was found in the Mississippi River in March 2007 but DNA testing showed she was linked to the two others.