A Portland father was arrested Wednesday more than 10 years after he allegedly killed his newborn daughter in a case that shocked the city, affectionately calling the child “Baby Precious.”
Alnath Omar Oliver, 53, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, criminal mischief, rape and concealing the birth of a baby, the Portland Police Bureau announced.
Investigators believe Oliver killed “Baby Precious,” later revealed to be baby Amara, in 2013 in an attempt to hide his relationship with the newborn’s 15-year-old mother.
He allegedly forced the teenager to give birth on the floor of his apartment on May 27 after months of preventing her from seeking medical attention before taking the newborn outside in an apparent attempt to take her to the hospital.
“She then took the child from that event out of her apartment and while walking to the hospital, the baby passed away,” Detective Brendan McGuire said at a news conference.
That’s when Oliver dumped her in a recycling bin, which was then taken by truck to the recycling plant where her body was discovered on the conveyor belt the next morning.
The baby’s body was discovered at a recycling plant on the conveyor belt. Facebook/EFI Recycling
The medical examiner quickly ruled the baby’s death a homicide, but was unable to identify any family members for the next decade.
Investigators were finally able to locate Amara’s family after a blood test by her mother uploaded the results of her own 23AndMe tests to its database.
The mother cooperated fully with investigators, McGuire said.
Tragically, I was under the impression that Amara had been taken to the hospital and was still alive today.
The mother is not being charged because she was a victim of statutory rape herself, investigators said.
“As we continue to mourn the death of baby Amara, we hope this important announcement will help our community in the healing process from this tragedy,” Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement.