The body of an 11-month-old baby has been found in a densely wooded area on Wednesday night, August 18, days after searching for her in rural northern Indiana, US.
According to the FBI, an Indiana baby was reported missing by her parents after they left her with a relative to get a break.
It was reported that Kenneth Lain and Tiffany Coburn, the parents of the 11-month-old girl named Mercedes Lain, said they left their daughter in the care of 37-year-old Justin Miller, a relative, on Friday so they “could have a break” but he didn’t returned her on Sunday, August 15.
Miller’s recollection of the days he cared for Mercedes “changed several times,” and he told investigators he left the baby with a woman at a motel where her parents had been staying.
Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman later said this was false during a news conference broadcast by WXIN.
After Miller was interviewed numerous times, Chipman said Miller led investigators to Mercedes’ body in a wooded area of Starke County on Wednesday.
Miller told investigators he woke up at a home Saturday in Mishawaka, near South Bend, to find the girl had died and he disposed of her body, WXIN reported.
Her cause of death had not been determined as of Thursday, August19.
Miller, and have been arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
In addition, Mercedes’ parents was charged with neglect of a dependent after police said they had been “uncooperative” during the search for their child. According to the affidavit, both parents were difficult to find after reporting their daughter missing.
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