DNA testing leads to arrest of Oklahoma woman accused of killing her baby

CHOCTAW COUNTY, Okla. — Some readers might find details from this investigation disturbing.

Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Choctaw County woman in connection to a nearly 30-year-old cold case.

53-year-old Meaonia Michelle Allen turned herself in this month, fulfilling an outstanding warrant for first-degree murder with deliberate intent. A judge denied Allen bond.

Investigators say Allen killed her newborn baby in 1993 and dumped the body in rural Choctaw County. At the time, the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office contacted OSBI for assistance. An autopsy revealed that the baby was born alive and was killed after its throat was slashed.

Baby Doe’s case went cold after nearly three decades. In 2020, an OSBI agent worked with the Cold Case Unit to submit the baby’s DNA to Parabon Nanolabs, a company that specializes in using genetic material to solve crimes.

The results gave investigators leads, which pointed them in Allen’s direction. After additional testing, Allen admitted to giving birth to the baby. She also admitted to killing the infant.

At the time of baby’s birth, Allen was working at a daycare center. She did not tell anyone about the pregnancy.

“The synergy between our agents and criminalists to solve cold cases, especially those with an unidentified victim, is to be applauded,” said Ricky Adams, OSBI Director. “Identifying the use of genetic genealogy as a tool and the work of Parabon and our internal genealogy specialist provided significant leads in this disturbing case. Baby Doe can now be properly laid to rest and his killer will be held accountable.”