Prouty's father, Greg Prouty of Baldwinsville, said that his son had been dating DeJaynes for no more than seven months.
On Jan. 11, Syracuse Police officers arrested Zach Prouty on previous charges of possession of a hypodermic instrument and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
DeJaynes' defense attorney, Thomas Ryan, told a reporter that she gave birth alone. "As far as she could tell, the child was not alive," Ryan said.
Liverpool Police Chief Bill Becker discussed the case at the Jan. 17 Village Board meeting. Mayor Gary White, a former deputy chief of the Syracuse Police Department, said that he'd seen many similar cases during his 20-plus years of policing. "But the vast majority of cases, there's no resolution," White said. "So it's very gratifying to see our officers bring this investigation to a successful conclusion so quickly."
The mayor commended the LPD, Chief Becker and the other agencies which assisted in the probe via the county's Major Felony Unit.