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Police say floating baby case now investigated as homicide

Newborn found dead floating in water off Florida coast
Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 06:33:03-05

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say the death of a newborn baby found floating off the coast of Boynton Beach has been ruled a homicide.

The Palm Beach Post reports county sheriff's office investigators announced the medical examiner's ruling Monday. The sheriff's office asked people with information on "Baby June" to come forward and is offering a $10,000 reward.

The four- to seven-day old girl was found dead floating naked in the Atlantic Ocean in June. Deputies say she was in the water for less than 18 hours and appeared to have a healthy weight, with no signs of trauma.

Investigators have checked about 700 recorded births in South Florida and found no evidence related to the baby. Authorities say she likely floated north from Broward or Boca Raton.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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Newborn found dead floating in water off Florida coast

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (WFTS) — The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says the baby found floating 75 to 100 feet off of the Boynton Beach Inlet Friday is estimated to have been less than two weeks old at most.

The infant female, who was naked, was discovered by an off-duty Boynton Beach firefighter who had been boating at the time.

The sheriff's office released an artist's rendering of how the baby likely appeared at birth.

The newborn was recovered around 1 p.m. Friday but the sheriff's office does not know how long the baby was in the water.

"It's gut-wrenching and we hate seeing it and we really, desperately want to get to the bottom of what happened," said PBSO Special Victims Unit Captain Steven Strivelli.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office still has not determined the cause of death.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call Call Detective C. Hamilton 561.688.4155 or email Hamiltonc@pbso.org.