FARGO — Ashton Matheny, boyfriend of the slain Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, now has full legal custody of their baby girl, Haisley Jo.
A Cass County District Court judge on Tuesday dismissed the order that had placed the baby in protective custody of Cass County Social Services after she was found in the possession of one of the suspects charged in the case.
“It’s amazing – it’s all over with finally,” Matheny said Tuesday. “I’ve been here almost a month fighting for my daughter. It’s been the toughest month of my life.”
The child had remained in protective custody awaiting results of DNA tests that were conducted to determine whether Matheny and LaFontaine-Greywind were the parents. Matheny reported on Monday that he had received word that the tests had confirmed that fact.
LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, disappeared on Aug. 19, while eight months pregnant. She had gone upstairs in her north Fargo apartment building to help a neighbor who asked her to model a dress that the neighbor was sewing. She never returned.
On Aug. 24, police raided the apartment where she was last seen. They found a newborn baby and arrested one of the tenants, Brooke Lynn Crews. Her live-in boyfriend, William Henry Hoehn, was arrested soon after. The suspects told police that the baby belonged to LaFontaine-Greywind.
Remarkably, the baby was healthy and has experienced no significant health problems. It is unknown when the baby was born or how she was born — whether she was born naturally, induced early, or taken from the mother violently.