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Police: South Carolina mother left 2nd baby 30 years ago

This undated photo from the Greenville County Jail, shows Brook Graham. Authorities say that Graham, a mother already facing a murder responsible for leaving her baby daughter in 1990, is now charged with dumping the body of her son almost a year earlier. (Greenville County Jail via AP)

COLUMBIA, S. C. – A South Carolina mother is already facing a murder responsible for leaving her baby daughter in 1990, is now charged with dumping the body of her son almost a year earlier.

The DNA testing established that the two babies had the same mother and father, leading to Thursday’s arrest of the Brook Graham, Greenville County Sheriff’s Lt. Ryan Flood said.

In the latter case, Graham is charged with violation of human remains and unlawful neglect of a child, because the medical examiner in 1989, could not determine whether the baby was born, Flood said Thursday in a statement.

Graham, 53, was charged with murder in the death of the girl was given the name Julie Valentine after the child was found dead in a vacuum cleaner box in a vacant lot in Greenville in February 1990 by a man picking Valentine’s day flowers for his wife, authorities said.

Ten months earlier, girls playing in woods about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away, found in the body of a baby boy to be fully developed in a garbage bag in April 1989, researchers said.

Graham’s lawyer did not answer an e-mail comment on the search Friday.

Graham faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the new crime against the involvement of the boy. She is facing life in prison if convicted of murder in the death of the girl.

A tip of The Greenville News led deputies to re-open the baby boy’s case, Flood said.

The father of the two babies has not been charged.

The DNA of the baby girl case was compared with DNA samples in the family genealogy sites and the first led the police to the father, Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller said.

The father helped researchers find Graham, the chief said.

The father has not yet been charged in both cases, but the investigators for both the police authorities say more charges are possible.

Graham has two grown children and the researchers said they review how they are raised as a part of the case.

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