TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Federal and state law enforcement agencies joined local authorities Thursday in searching for a 5-day-old baby who disappeared from a bassinette at a home in southern Wisconsin.
The baby’s 18-year-old mother called 911 after waking about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to find the child, Kayden Powell, missing from his bassinette in a room where the mother was sleeping at a home in the Town of Beloit, authorities said.
Police said Thursday night about 40 officers are working on the case, but no suspects have been identified or arrests made.
The baby’s mother, Brianna Marshall, and the infant’s 23-year-old father, Bruce Powell, were staying at the house, Town of Beloit Police Chief Steven Kopp said. Investigators were questioning people who were at the house Wednesday night, Kopp told The Janesville Gazette.
Police said the infant’s mother and father continue to be cooperative.
A woman who had been at the house but left around 1:30 a.m. Thursday — the last time people at the residence saw the baby — was questioned but is not a person of interest in the case, the police chief said.
Kopp told the Beloit Daily News the woman was visiting the home Wednesday evening but left early Thursday for Colorado where she lives. Police were able to reach the woman on her cellphone, and she pulled off the highway in Iowa. Authorities took the woman into custody on an unrelated, outstanding warrant from Texas.
The incident is not believed to be a custody dispute, Kopp said. An Amber Alert was not issued because the disappearance doesn’t meet the criteria, he said. The FBI and Wisconsin Department of Justice are assisting with the investigation.
Police were still at the house Thursday evening. Authorities kept media away from the small home.
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