It’s been twenty years since this Texas cow pasture turned into a horrific crime scene. But now a suspect is in police custody.

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Advancements in DNA technology are now helping criminal investigators solve cold cases every day even when such cases went cold decades earlier.

Case in point it’s been twenty years since this Texas cow pasture turned into a horrific crime scene.

But now a suspect is in police custody.

A Texas man made a startling discovery on a country road over 20 years ago

In November 2001, a man in Johnson County, TX, named Johnny Riddle was on his way to Walmart when he made a startling discovery. 

Riddle was looking for cans along Briar Oaks Road — a major illegal dumping spot for trash — when he made the find.

“What looked like a red blanket. I couldn’t tell what was under it, until I looked under, there was a baby,” said detective Steve Shaw.

Shaw was called in after Riddle made the report to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. 

The case has haunted Shaw and the entire department ever since. 

“You don’t expect to find a newborn baby just dumped on the side of the road,” he said. 

Police also discovered a smashed key fob, a spit cup, and a coke bottle. 

They hoped that they would find traces of DNA. 

And 20 years later, they were still left scratching their heads.

Two decades later, detectives still had no idea who the mom was

In July 2021, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office sent out another plea to locals in the community asking for help to identify “Angel Baby Doe.” 

Shaw, who was then retired, said that they had “interviewed a lot of people. . . [and] got DNA and swabs off of numerous people.”

At the time, “Angel Baby Doe” would have been 20 years old, but investigators still didn’t even know who she was. 

“That baby deserves a name on her memorial. Not Angel Baby Doe,” said Shaw. 

They urged “anyone with information related to this case” to contact them and help find the family of the deceased child. 

And it was at that time that they sent the evidence to Othram Labs in The Woodlands, TX. 

They quickly built a DNA profile for the child, and in September 2023 they had a hit. 

Mother identified and charged in shocking death

Shelby Stotts, a 48-year-old Texas woman, was identified as the mother of “Angel Baby Doe.”

And now, thanks to the investigators’ years-long effort, she has been charged for the death. 

Under Texas’ Safe Haven Law, Stotts could have brought the infant to any hospital, fire station, emergency room, or EMS station to help find a safe home for “Angel Baby Doe.”

But prosecutors allege that instead of bringing the baby somewhere safe, Stotts abandoned her newborn on the side of the road. 

Evidence presented to the state suggests that the baby was alive at the time of her birth. 

Stotts has been charged with manslaughter and will be held accountable to statutes at the time of the crime. 

Attorney General Ken Paxton said “after more than 20 years, we are closer to securing justice for Angel Baby Doe.”

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.

Advancements in DNA technology are now helping criminal investigators solve cold cases every day even when such cases went cold decades earlier.

Case in point it’s been twenty years since this Texas cow pasture turned into a horrific crime scene.

But now a suspect is in police custody.

A Texas man made a startling discovery on a country road over 20 years ago

In November 2001, a man in Johnson County, TX, named Johnny Riddle was on his way to Walmart when he made a startling discovery. 

Riddle was looking for cans along Briar Oaks Road — a major illegal dumping spot for trash — when he made the find.

“What looked like a red blanket. I couldn’t tell what was under it, until I looked under, there was a baby,” said detective Steve Shaw.

Shaw was called in after Riddle made the report to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. 

The case has haunted Shaw and the entire department ever since. 

“You don’t expect to find a newborn baby just dumped on the side of the road,” he said. 

Police also discovered a smashed key fob, a spit cup, and a coke bottle. 

They hoped that they would find traces of DNA. 

And 20 years later, they were still left scratching their heads.

Two decades later, detectives still had no idea who the mom was

In July 2021, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office sent out another plea to locals in the community asking for help to identify “Angel Baby Doe.” 

Shaw, who was then retired, said that they had “interviewed a lot of people. . . [and] got DNA and swabs off of numerous people.”

At the time, “Angel Baby Doe” would have been 20 years old, but investigators still didn’t even know who she was. 

“That baby deserves a name on her memorial. Not Angel Baby Doe,” said Shaw. 

They urged “anyone with information related to this case” to contact them and help find the family of the deceased child. 

And it was at that time that they sent the evidence to Othram Labs in The Woodlands, TX. 

They quickly built a DNA profile for the child, and in September 2023 they had a hit. 

Mother identified and charged in shocking death

Shelby Stotts, a 48-year-old Texas woman, was identified as the mother of “Angel Baby Doe.”

And now, thanks to the investigators’ years-long effort, she has been charged for the death. 

Under Texas’ Safe Haven Law, Stotts could have brought the infant to any hospital, fire station, emergency room, or EMS station to help find a safe home for “Angel Baby Doe.”

But prosecutors allege that instead of bringing the baby somewhere safe, Stotts abandoned her newborn on the side of the road. 

Evidence presented to the state suggests that the baby was alive at the time of her birth. 

Stotts has been charged with manslaughter and will be held accountable to statutes at the time of the crime. 

Attorney General Ken Paxton said “after more than 20 years, we are closer to securing justice for Angel Baby Doe.”

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.