Mom arrested in 1986 homicide of strangled baby found in sanitation truck

Larger than 35 years after her baby was found ineffective in a sanitation truck in Connecticut, a Florida woman was arrested Friday on a value of murder, police talked about.

Janita M. Philips, 62, of Lake Mary, Florida, turned herself in on the Greenwich, Connecticut, Police headquarters, the place she was booked in reference to the boy’s dying.

The kid was found ineffective in a sanitation truck that had merely emptied a dumpster at a Greenwich rental on Would possibly 16, 1986, police talked about.

The kid’s cause for dying was strangulation and it was determined that the child was born alive and killed shortly after starting. The case was dominated a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

Detectives on the crime scene collected objects soaked with blood and carried out interviews with residents of the rental developing. Nonetheless, the case went chilly and the suspect remained a thriller for years.

The Greenwich Police Chilly Case Unit used newly obtainable forensic testing inside the case in 2020, which they talked about linked bodily proof from the scene to the mother of the baby. 

That lead and assist from laws enforcement in Florida confirmed the identification of the guardian as Philips, in line with police. She was a resident of the rental on the time of the child’s dying. 

Greenwich Police detectives traveled to Florida and interviewed Philips in September 2021 with assist from Seminole County Sheriff’s Office detectives.

“All through this interview, and in a subsequent written assertion, Philips admitted that she was the mother of the child and that she triggered his dying,” police talked about in a launch. 

Additional DNA testing further confirmed that she was the mother of the kid. 

Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Philips on Nov. 17 from the Superior Courtroom in Stamford. 

She shall be arraigned Friday. 

“We’re grateful that justice is lastly being obtained for this toddler child of our neighborhood. The investigation of his tragic dying has taken many prolonged years, nonetheless he has always been remembered and we hope this conclusion will ship him peace and recognition,” Deputy Chief Robert Berry talked about in an announcement.

“There have been many Greenwich Detectives over the previous thirty-five years who’ve investigated this case to the extent of the sources obtainable to them, nonetheless I want to significantly single out the work of Greenwich Police Detective First Grade Christy Girard whose tireless efforts, investigative skill and ingenuity launched this investigation to a worthwhile conclusion,” he added.