Red Wing, MN (KROC-AM News) – The Red Wing woman who was identified earlier this year as the mother of two of three newborn babies found dead in the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota between 1999 and 2007, today did not enter guilty pleas to murder charges.
Jennifer Matter, 52, who faces two counts of second degree murder, appeared in Goodhue County Court today and pleaded not guilty following a hearing of witnesses. She is due back in court for a settlement conference at the end of December.
The case was indicted earlier this year after investigators used DNA evidence to identify her as the mother of a newborn girl who was found dead in the Mississippi River at Redwing on November 11, 1999. DNA tests also identified her as the mother of a newborn boy. whose remains were found at Lac Pépin in Frontenac in December 2003.
At this point, Matter has not been charged in connection with the death of her infant son, which is still under investigation.
The body of a third newborn was found in the Mississippi River near the Treasure Island casino in 2007. DNA testing in the case could not link Matter to the baby girl. His case remains unsolved.