Mother of Meriden infant found frozen in 1988 identified, won't face charges

Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:27
Written by the Associated Press

MERIDEN (AP) - DNA testing has helped police identify the mother of an infant who was found frozen to death in a Connecticut parking lot in 1988, but she is not expected to face charges because of the age of the crime, authorities announced Tuesday.

Meriden Police Chief Jeffry Cossette said the mother was Karen Kuzmak Roche, who was 25 when the baby’s body was found wrapped in blankets on Jan. 2, 1988. Cossette said investigators believe the infant was left in the parking lot five days before he was found.

Roche is not expected to face criminal charges, Cossette said. He called the case one of manslaughter, which has a 20-year statute of limitations.

A message seeking comment was left at a phone listing for Roche on Tuesday.

Cossette said new DNA testing identified distant relatives of Roche and eventually led detectives to question her at her home on Jan. 2, the 32nd anniversary of the infant being found. Officials said she was remorseful.

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:27. Updated: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:30.