Big developments may help identify 'Baby Grace'
(11/21/07 - KTRK/GALVESTON, TX) (KTRK) -- You saw it first on ABC13 as an Eyewitness News exclusive -- the clue which could answer the question: Who is 'Baby Grace? Investigators are one step closer to solving the mystery.
It's the three-week mystery which has stretched all around the world. Who is 'Baby Grace' -- the young girl found in a box in Galveston County? Now, authorities will soon have their hands on a DNA sample from the person who may be the missing girl's father.
Galveston investigators are a huge step closer to finding out whether a missing Spring toddler is 'Baby Grace'. Late yesterday afternoon, authorities asked the baby's Ohio father to submit a DNA sample. He did voluntarily with his hometown Ohio police department.
We're told the baby's mother, who lives in Spring, will as well. She hasn't yet. Detectives tell us they'll get a court order if they have to.
"I can't talk to you about it," said the missing girl's mother.
We talked to the mother briefly earlier this week and she wouldn't tell us where her baby was. The two-year-old has been missing since July and some family members say she has an eerie similarity to 'Baby Grace'.
Her new husband tells Eyewitness News the 19-year-old mother is pregnant and said she's fragile. He says someone posing as an Ohio CPS worker came to the house in July, threw the mother down and took the little girl. Authorities in Harris and Galveston Counties tell us the mother never filed a missing person's report.
"Have you talked to anyone who's seen this girl?" we asked authorities.
"Not that I am aware of," said Major Ray Tuttoilomondo with the Galveston County Sheriff's office.
"You would be?" we asked.
"I think I would be," said Tuttoilomondo.
Out of 350 tips, the missing Spring girl is one of only three cases detectives requested DNA on. But it's not the only lead Galveston detectives are looking at. They still have no definitive idea who this little girl is, which is why the FBI is now involved in the case and bringing a $20,000 reward with them. The cash is not for a conviction, just for a name.
"All we're asking for this reward is to provide the identity of 'Baby Grace'," said John Kinard with the FBI.
It is an unusual reward, but since 'Baby Grace' is just two years old, detectives believe her name will lead to parents, which will lead to answers. As for the Spring girl, it's possible this could be a custody case. DNA will make or rule out a 'Baby Grace' connection in the next two weeks.
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