It’s not a story for the faint of heart. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that an Illinois woman convicted of killing two infants found dead in the trunk of an impounded car admitted on Thursday to killing a third — a baby girl that she left on the side of deserted road to freeze to death five years ago.
Katie Stockton of Rockton, who is believed to be the mother of the two most recently murdered infants, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the December 2004 death of the infant known as Baby Crystal, also believed to be Stockton’s offspring.
It was after Stockton’s 2009 arrest in Baby Crystal’s death that investigators discovered her car had been sitting in an impound lot for a year. They towed it to a Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department facility to search for more clues in that case, and instead found the remains of two other infants wrapped in cloth and stuffed in separate plastic bags.
Stockton was originally questioned about Baby Crystal’s death in 2004 after the frozen remains of the newborn were discovered in a plastic bag along a dead-end road near the home of Stockton’s parents. Prosecutors at the time say that when detectives interviewed Stockton hours after the discovery, she lifted her shirt and asked if she looked like she had just given birth.
Stockton declined to give a DNA sample, but detectives investigating the death gathered the needed evidence from a cigarette butt they had seen her discard. Authorities said that the genetic material in the saliva on the butt matched that of the blood found on the clothing worn by Baby Crystal.
Stockton is to be sentenced April 5. She faces up to 60 years in prison.
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