Can Prosecutors Indict DNA Profiles?

Apparently, the answer is yes.

From the NY Post (August 6, 2019):

The DNA profile of an unknown woman has been indicted in the death of an infant found inside a backpack in Illinois three years ago, prosecutors said.

A grand jury on Thursday indicted the unknown female DNA profile on a felony charge of failure to report the death or disappearance of a child in connection to an infant known as “Baby Hope,” a full-term newborn girl who was found dead by landscapers in Wheaton, IL in August 2016. (More.)

The above images were developed through phenotyping <fee-no-type-ing>, the process of predicting a human’s phenotype (the composite of a person’s observable characteristics, including its physical form and structure; its developmental processes; its biochemical and physiological properties; its behavior, and the products of behavior, for example,a person’s self-built home), using only genetic information collected from DNA sequencing. This term is primarily used to refer to the prediction of a person’s physical appearance and/or biogeographic ancestry for forensic purposes.

It will be interesting to see the legal challenges that will undoubtedly be forthcoming should arrests be made based on suspect’s phenotyped profiles.

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always,

Stay safe.

 

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