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Genetic genealogy has been used to arrest Theresa Bentaas in the 1981 death of her son, the New York Times reports.

The newborn — who was called Andrew John Doe — was discovered in a ditch in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the winter, where he likely died of exposure, according to the Times, which adds that he wasn't identified at the time.

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