ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO.
FAST FOOD WORKERS IN BELOIT.
FOUND A BABY IN A DUMPSTER.
-- MICHELLE --
THE DEATH OF THE LITTLE GIRL.
HAS WEIGHED HEAVILY ON THE COMMUNITY AND INVESTIGATORS.
THEY TELL NEWS 3's INVESTIGATES JENNIFER HOFF.
THEY NEED HELP SOLVING THIS 'COLD CASE WISCONSIN'.
THE BABY GIRL WAS ONLY ALIVE A SHORT TIME.
BUT SHE MADE A LONG-LASTING IMPACT ON A LOT OF PEOPLE.
HER PARENTS NEVER CAME FORWARD.
BUT A COMMUNITY DID.
AND GAVE THE GIRL THEY CALL 'BABY VALENTINE'.
A PROPER GOODBYE.
TAMI ROBSON/ATTENDED FUNERAL says, Who does that to
an innocent child..
TAMI ROBSON WILL TELL YOU.
TR says, I just had to do something, anything.
IT WAS A TRYING TIME.
TR says, It was so sad, you could just feel the overall
loss of a baby we didn't even know..
A THEN 22-YEAR-OLD BELOIT RESIDENT.
SHE MOURNED A LIFE LOST TOO SOON, ALONG WITH HER ENTIRE
JOHN FAHRNEY/BELOIT PD says, It just had to tear the
community apart that something like this would happen..
CAR PASSING NATS
TWO DAYS BEFORE VALENTINE'S DAY, 1982.
AT MILWAUKEE ROAD AND INTERSTATE 90, SOME MCDONALDS
EMPLOYEES HAD A STARTLING SIGHTING.
JF says, The McDonalds workers went out to empty the
trash and when they opened the dumpster they saw a
small, baby's arm reaching through a plastic bag..
THE FIVE-POUND, CAUCASION GIRL.
LIVED ABOUT 10 HOURS.
MAY HAVE GIVEN BIRTH IN ONE OF THE HOTELS NEARBY,
ACCORDING TO POLICE DETECTIVE JOHN FAHRNEY.
JF says, This whole winter has been reminscent of
that day basically, I mean it's been cold..
HER GRAVESITE AT EAST LAWN CEMETERY IS FROZEN OVER.
BUT WHEN IT WAS WARMER, FAHRNEY'S CAMERA CAPTURED
HOW A COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER.
JF says, A group of citizens from Beloit collected
enough money to get a headstone..
A HEART SHAPE.
IN HONOR OF THE HOLIDAY.
HAND MADE BY THE CORONER'S WIFE..
FOR A FUNERAL, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS SAY STRANGERS SHOWED
TR says, He did some readings and then we all did
some prayers over her..
LIKE TAMI ROBSON.
NOT YET A MOTHER, BUT
SHE HAD THE SAME INSTINCT NONE-THE-LESS.
TR says, Our mom up and left us for me to watch these
kids and I was only
FOR YEARS, TAMI TOOK CARE OF HER OWN SIBLINGS.
TR says, It's hard because a lot of them were young,
SHE DIDN'T LET THEM GROW UP ALONE, AND SHE HOPES 'BABY
VALENTINE' HASN'T FELT THAT WAY EITHER.
TR says, I like to go back at least once a year and
bring her some flowers or a teddy bear..
WHILE THE CASE CAPTIVATED A LOT OF ATTENTION.
INVESTIGATORS GOT VERY FEW TIPS THEN.
AND NOW, FAHRNEY HOPES SOMEONE COMES FORWARD.
IT COULD HELP PUT THE CASE TO REST.
AND LET A LITTLE ONE DO SO.
JF says, If somebody would just be willing to call
and say, this is who the mother was, this is what
happened, anonymously, through CrimeStoppers, that's
all we're asking for..
DETECTIVE FAHRNEY IS SURE THE MOTHER IS FROM BELOIT,
GIVEN SHE WRAPPED THE BABY IN A BREAD BAG FROM THE
FORMER LOCAL GROCERY STORE, THE FOOD BASKET.
THE STATE CRIME LAB IS PROCESSING FINGERPRINTS.
-- MICHELLE --
HAVE POLICE EVER IDENTIFIED ANY SUSPECTS?
-- JENNIFER --
BUT DETECTIVE FAHRNEY IS CHASING DOWN THE COUPLE WHO
RENTED A ROOM AT ONE OF THOSE NEARBY HOTELS.
IN 1982, POLICE FOUND BLOODY SHEETS, BUT A DOCTOR
RULED THE WOMAN WASN'T PREGNANT.
WHEN 'BABY VALENTINE' WAS BORN.
DETECTIVE FAHRNEY WANTS TO TEST THEIR D-N-A WITH NEW
IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING, THE ANONYMOUS CRIME STOPPERS
NUMBER IS 608-362-7463.
-- ERIC --