BELLEVILLE, Ill. - The St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office charged a woman in connection with the September 2007 murder of a newborn in Belleville.
According to Detective Sgt. Mark Heffernan, spokesman for the Belleville Police Department, police began looking into the death of "Baby Mamino" in 2009 as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Columbia Police Department. At the time, Columbia detectives were looking into an incident in November 2008 in which Elyse Mamino attempted to drown a baby she gave birth to in a toilet.
Columbia detectives suspected Mamino may have given birth in September 2007 and that child may have been killed, so they contacted Belleville authorities, Heffernan said.
Belleville police searched Mamino's former home and discovered the remains of a newborn child which had been wrapped in a towel, placed in a plastic bag, and then hidden inside a dresser drawer in the basement of the residence.
The St. Clair County Coroner determined the baby had been born alive at the home, Heffernan said.
Detectives with the Belleville and Columbia police departments continued their investigation into this case while Elyse Mamino was serving a six-year prison sentence in the attempted first-degree murder case from Columbia.
New information was uncovered, and the state's attorney's office charged Mamino with first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicide.
Detectives from both departments went to Lincoln Correctional Facility Friday morning and took Mamino into custody. She was arraigned at the St. Clair County Courthouse and is at St. Clair County Jail on $1 million bond.