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Man who found dead baby hopes for justice in mother’s arrest

March 11, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man who discovered a dead baby in a ditch 38 years ago says he wants justice for the boy whose biological mother was last week charged in his death.

Lee Litz told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that he cried tears of relief when he learned 57-year-old Theresa Bentaas was arrested Friday and charged with murder and manslaughter in the killing of the child known as Baby Andrew. Litz found his body wrapped in a blanket in a cornfield ditch in February 1981.

Sioux Falls Police used DNA to determine Bentaas was the biological mother. She’s being held on a $250,000 bond.

Litz says his family and the 50 strangers who attended the infant’s funeral are his true family.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com