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Suspect in "Baby Crystal" case returns to Winnebago County

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Katie L. Stockton Katie L. Stockton
Katie L. Stockton (courtesy Facebook) Katie L. Stockton (courtesy Facebook)
Sheriff Dick Meyers Sheriff Dick Meyers
Janice Mockus Janice Mockus
15431 Will Road 15431 Will Road

By Bob Schaper

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) - The woman police say is Baby Crystal's mom is on her way back to Winnebago County, to face murder charges in the newborn's death.

You may remember Baby Crystal. She was found dumped on the side of a rural Winnebago County road in December 2004.

Now, after more than four-and-a-half years later and countless interviews, Winnebago County Sheriff's Police arrest a Rockton woman they say is the mother.

Katie L. Stockton, 28, was arrested Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas. According to Stockton's Facebook page, she was on vacation in Kansas City.

Stockton appeared in court there and waived extradition. Winnebago County detectives were driving her back to the jail here.

"I think it's terrible that it happened in the first place," Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers, said. "It's extremely rewarding that we can bring it to a conclusion."

If Stockton did dump her baby in a garbage bag, she didn't go very far to do it. This is the Stockton family home on Will Road, just a few feet from the scene of the crime. Meyers says Stockton and her family were extensively interviewed at the time but never considered suspects.

"We talked to them, but when you're talking then you don't talk to them as suspects because you have no reason to suspect," he said.

13 News went to the Stockton home, and though the door was open, nobody responded to our calls. But according to Stockton's Facebook page she worked at the Rockton Inn. The owner there wouldn't comment except to say she was in a state of shock.

One neighbor tells us she's surprised the arrest took so long. "With all the technology, I wonder why they coudn't have found out sooner," Janice Mockus said.

As for the baby's father, neither Meyers nor Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato would give any information about him - including whether they know who he is. 

Meyers and others stressed that if you have an infant you can't take care of, you can drop it off at any safe haven spot with no questions asked.

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