Antonette Braille, 41, of Holland, Michigan, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Dart said Braille was arrested Thursday in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
At a bond hearing Saturday, Brillie was appointed a public guard to represent him and his bail was set at $ 150,000, the sheriff’s department said.
Case On June 6, 2003, a waste management employee emptied trash cans in an alley in Stickney Township, Illinois, and found the bodies of boys in the front lift bucket of his garbage truck.
At the autopsy, Dart said in a statement that the babies were born alive and died of suffocation. The deaths were convicted of homicide.
Despite a detailed investigation at the time, the case remained unresolved.
Investigators reopened the case in 2018 using the latest advances in DNA and genetic material recovered at the scene. The effort led to a breakthrough that allowed investigators to identify Brillie as the victims’ birth mother, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives went to the Netherlands in Michigan and found an item that had been discarded with Braille’s DNA, which matched the DNA from the boys, Dart said.
“Seventeen years ago we would not have made this case like this,” Leo Schmidts, head of the sheriff’s department’s public security, told a news conference Saturday.
Investigators learned Thursday that Brillie Cook was in the county and took him into custody and set up a traffic stop.
Sean Gleason, deputy head of the County Police Department in Cook County, said Braille was “upset” when he was arrested. Brillie, who has a daughter, was previously arrested for misconduct, but not for any other crimes, he said.
CNN’s Claudia Dominguez and Fenley Foxen contributed to the report.