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Massachusetts mother who abandoned infant in cold in Maine sentenced to prison



A Massachusetts mother that pled guilty concerning the death of her infant baby has been sentenced to prison.

According to Bangor Daily News, 59-year-old Lee Ann Daigle of Lowell, MA admitted in April to criminal negligence manslaughter.

According to State Police, on Monday, June 13, 2022, Maine State Police Detectives traveled to Lowell, Massachusetts to arrest the mother of Baby Jane Doe who was found dead in Frenchville, Maine on December 7, 1985. Baby Jane Doe was first discovered after a dog found the newborn and carried her less than 700 feet to his owner’s home. State Police Detectives were able to track the dog’s path back to the location where the investigation showed Baby Jane Doe was born and then abandoned in below zero temperatures at a gravel pit in Frenchville.

Over the years through advancements in technology to include DNA and genetic genealogy the Maine State Police were able to identify Daigle, formerly Lee Ann Guerrette, as Baby Jane Doe’s mother. In collaboration with the Attorney General’s Office, Daigle was indicted by an Aroostook County Grand Jury on one count of murder and an arrest warrant was issued. Daigle was arrested outside her home without incident on June 13, 2022, waived extradition, and was brought to Maine.

According to WGME, a judge sentenced Daigle to 16 years behind bars on Tuesday, with 10 years suspended, and three years of probation.



  1. Fed Up

    June 20, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    How is this not first degree murder? Disgusting woman should never see the light of day.

    • Frank

      June 21, 2023 at 8:11 am

      First degree is pre-planned, step by step and then orchestrated. 2nd Degree is not thoroughly planned out and happens more spur of the moment. Unless you know of evidence noone else does, there is no indication there was any circumstance or hard evidence to justify a first-degree murder indictment.

  2. Bobby Mac

    June 21, 2023 at 7:45 am

    And yet, if this woman had killed her baby 24 hours earlier, no one would have batted an eye.

    • Brendan Akers

      June 21, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      It’s not legal anywhere to get an abortion close to the due date and no doctor will do it.

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