Last Thursday, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s family held a public funeral in honor of the young pregnant woman who was found dead in the Red River in North Dakota in August.
A newborn baby who was found inside a neighbor’s apartment was at the funeral. As People reports, the baby has been with LaFontaine-Greywind’s boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, ever since she was found.
DNA tests prove the baby is related to LaFontaine-Greywind and Matheny. Her name is Haisley Jo.
Matheny told The Forum the baby had been under protective custody since she was found. But in a Tuesday custody hearing, Matheny won full custody.
He told WDAY:
“It was a great day. I actually started crying in the courtroom — tears of joy. I was waiting for this day.”
The new dad also told the Star Tribune he is thrilled to finally spend time with his daughter.
“I’ve been waiting to be a father for a while. She’s the only good thing that came out of this. She looks a lot like Savanna.”
As previously reported by Dearly, LaFontaine-Greywind went missing from her apartment building on Aug. 19. LaFontaine-Greywind was eight months pregnant.
She was allegedly offered $20 to model a dress for her upstairs neighbor. LaFontaine-Greywind’s mom became concerned when her daughter didn’t return home and reported her missing.
According to the Fargo Police Department, a newborn baby was found in her neighbor’s arms five days later. Neighbors Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, and her boyfriend, William Henry Hoehn, 32, were arrested.
Crews and Hoehn admitted the baby was related to LaFontaine-Greywind, but the suspects refused to disclose the missing woman’s location.
LaFontaine-Greywind’s body was found by recreational kayakers on Aug. 27.
KVRR reports more than 2,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org to tear down the apartment where LaFontaine-Greywind, Crews, and Hoehn used to live. But neighbors hope instead to erect a statue in LaFontaine-Greywind’s memory.
Investigators have yet to disclose how LaFontaine-Greywind died but have confirmed her death was due to “homicidal violence.” Crews and Hoehn are currently being held on a $2 million bail.