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The DNA didn’t match anyone’s profile in a federal database known as CODIS, which stores the fingerprints of convicted criminals all across the country.

He checked back on the database every year for 10 years — until finally, in January, a greater advancement in technology presented a new opportunity to Webb: genetic genealogy.

Police arrested the baby’s biological mother, Theresa Bentaas, 57, on Friday after DNA and genetic genealogy identified her as the suspect, Detective Michael Webb said at a news conference.

In this case, Baby Andrew’s apparent family members were all from Sioux Falls, Webb said. The news of Bentaas’s arrest came as a relief to Litz, who had spent years agonizing over memories of the dead baby lying in the ditch.

From far away it looked like a bottle of red wine had been spilled along the icy gravel, an image Lee Litz would not soon forget.

He was test driving a Jeep near a cornfield on the outskirts of Sioux Falls, S.

In interviews, police learned that the father didn’t know about his dead child.

Bentaas told police she was “young and stupid," and had kept the pregnancy a secret from family and friends, according to an affidavit cited in the Argus Leader.

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