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Arrest made in connection with 25-year-old unsolved homicide in Jeanerette

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Posted at 4:33 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 17:54:58-04

An arrest has been made in the 25-year-old unsolved homicide of Baby Jane Doe, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday September 25, the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit along with the Jeanerette City Marshal's Office arrested 50-year-old Sonia S. Charles, of New Iberia, on a warrant for the death of Baby Jane Done which occurred on January 24,1994. The baby, who was days old was left inside a trash can and died of hypothermia, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office says that a Detective Hotard reopened the 1994 Jeanerette homicide after new leads were developed. The Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory (ACL) reexamined evidence from the 25-year-old case and developed a DNA profile which matched with a family relation to a CODIS ( Combined DNA Index System ) entry.

Det. Hotard was able to research the relationship of the CODIS profile and obtained a DNA sample from Sonia Charles. According to the department, the ACL was able to match Sonia Charles through DNA as the mother of Baby Jane Doe. Sonia Charles was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail for First Degree Murder.

No bond has been set.