The information on the woman’s identity has been turned over to RTA police. There is still no confirmation that she is the mother of ‘Baby Doe.’
Dave “Dino” DeNatale, Rachel Polansky (WKYC), Julie Ocepek
4:38 PM EDT July 23, 2021
4:38 PM EDT July 23, 2021
AURORA, Ohio — Editor’s Note: The above video features previous reporting of this story
The woman claiming to be the mother of an unidentified baby girl who was found at a Cleveland RTA bus shelter Saturday night has been identified.
In a release issued on Friday, Aurora Police Chief Brian Byard says after the department obtained a search warrant for the woman’s fingerprints and DNA, her identity was established and the information provided to RTA police.
The identity of the woman is not being released to the public at this time. There is still no proof that she is the baby’s mother
Byard says the woman was spotted Thursday afternoon walking with an empty baby stroller on busy State Route 43. Officers were concerned for her safety and well being, and began to question her.
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She would not identify herself or the baby, but claimed her baby was taken by the RTA. Police had her taken to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center for evaluation, but because there wasn’t an arrest warrant, police could not hold her in custody.
It’s a similar story to the one we told you on Wednesday, when Solon police stopped and talked with the woman, who again refused to identify herself.
Meanwhile, Baby Doe remains safe in foster care – while social workers and advocates work feverishly behind the scenes.
The baby was discovered at the bus stop at East 105th Street and Superior Avenue at around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. The young girl was found in the arms of 67-year-old Bennie Anderson with EMS crews seeking to examine the infant. Police were able to verify Anderson’s identity and took him into custody for a parole violation, only after tasering him in the leg due to his noncompliance.
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At about the same time, a woman with a stroller came across the street to the bus stop, telling officials that she was the mother of “Baby Doe.” The woman also claimed she was Anderson’s wife and identified herself as “Federal Judge Love.” Police were unable to verify her identity at the time.
Editor’s Note: The below video features previous reporting on this story