Minnesota woman pleads guilty to letting her newborn baby die


RED WING, Minnesota — A Minnesota woman admitted in a guilty plea Wednesday that she left her newborn baby to die on the banks of the Mississippi in 2003.

Jennifer Matter, 50, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the baby’s death. She will be sentenced on April 28.

Matter was arrested on May 10, 2022 at her home in Belvidere Township, outside of Red Wing.

Prosecutors said DNA evidence also linked Matter to a baby girl found dead by Mississippi in 1999. Matter has not been charged in the case.

Teenagers found the body of the little boy on December 7, 2003 in Frontenac, on the shores of Lake Pépin, a body of water on the Mississippi River.

KMSP-TV reported that a coroner determined the baby’s death was a homicide, but the cause of death was undetermined.

“I left (the baby) on the beach, drove away, got in my car and drove off with no intention of returning,” Matter said in the plea agreement.

According to the criminal complaint, Matter said she hoped someone who lived nearby would find him alive.

Investigators said DNA samples linked the two infants to Matter through genealogy research that led to potential relatives in Goodhue County.

ABC News

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