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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, August 5, 2019

DuPage County Announces Indictment in Baby Hope Case

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick announced today the indictment of a DNA profile suspected to be involved in the case of “Baby Hope,” an infant who was found dead in a backpack on a roadside in unincorporated Wheaton. 

On August 15, 2016, at approximately 3 p.m., men performing landscaping work reported finding the backpack with Baby Hope inside along Plamondon Road. The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation to not only identify the body but also determine what happened to her and how she got to where she was found. The investigation has remained active since that time and on August 1, 2019, a DuPage County Grand Jury indicted a Jane Doe, unknown female DNA profile alleging Failure to Report the Death or Disappearance of a Child, a Class 4 Felony. 

“The investigation into what happened to Baby Hope will not end until we have answers to all of our questions,” Berlin said. “For nearly three years, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office has dedicated significant resources to not only identify Baby Hope, but to also learn what happened to her. Their commitment to bringing justice to Baby Hope is inspiring. I have no doubt that because of their efforts we will get answers to all of our questions and justice will be served in Baby Hope’s honor.” 

“This has been an extremely tragic case but we have never stopped working to find closure for Baby Hope,” Mendrick said. “I have to take a moment to thank the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Detectives who have worked so diligently on such an emotionally taxing case.  This indictment is one step closer towards a resolution that may finally explain the circumstances of what happened. Our Office will continue to tirelessly work on this case until Baby Hope can finally rest in peace.”

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contain only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.