Illustrations: Anson Chan

DNA Is Now Solving Decades-Old Newborn Killings

Genealogy databases are leading police to mothers who killed their babies

On May 15, 1988, two children were playing near a creek in Northern California’s sunny Castro Valley when they made a disturbing discovery. At the top of an embankment along the creek, they found a bag containing the body of a newborn baby boy. He was swaddled…

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