Skip to comments.AMBER ALERT Baby Kidnapped from Franklin County (Mo) Home-UPDATE: BABY FOUND ALIVE
Posted on 09/15/2006 2:34:14 PM PDT by Clintons Are White TrashEdited on 09/19/2006 4:26:01 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
A 7-day-old baby was kidnapped in Franklin County this afternoon by a woman with a gun who forced her way into the infant's home in Lonedell and cut the mother's throat, police said. The child remained missing and the mother was reported to be in stable condition in a St. Louis hospital.
The victim said she did not know her assailant, said Franklin County sheriff's Capt. Don Jones.
BREAKING NEWS: Family Says Abby Woods Found Alive, Woman Arrested
- The family of Abigale Lynn "Abby" Woods said she has been found safe and a woman has been arrested in connection with her disappearance.
Tuesday marked day five of the search for the missing Lonedell baby. Eleven-day-old Abby was abducted last Friday from her mother's home in a heavily wooded area just south of Highway 30.
Investigators once again searched the home for evidence, and road blocks were set up along several roads leading to the home in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.
Divers from the Missouri Water Patrol searched a manmade lake near the home. FBI Special Agent in Charge Roland Corvington said investigators were interested in searching two other nearby bodies of water.
Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said the searches were not prompted by any new information, but were simply a continuation of the investigation.
Toelke also said the baby's father James Woods took and passed a polygraph exam. He said Abby's mother Stephanie Oschenbine, 21, will undergo a test once she recovers from injuries she sustained during the kidnapping.
Tolke said there is no evidence that the parents staged her abduction or were involved in the crime.
Stephanie told investigators a woman entered the home, cut her neck and took Abby. Stephanie is recovering from her injuries at a relative's home.
Investigators said they've received more than 500 tips from several states relating to Abby's abduction. Corvington said the many of the tips have come from people who saw the composite sketch released Monday.
"The phones have been ringing off the wall, which is good. We've been getting a lot of good tips, so that's really been beneficial to us," said Toelke on Monday night.
Stephanie worked with investigators for days creating a composite sketch of the woman she said took her baby.
"It got to the point of where she felt she couldn't improve on it any more," said Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke.
It's not perfect, said Stephanie, but it does give a better idea of what the suspect looks like.
The abductor is described as a Caucasian female in her late thirties or early forties. She is between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 200 lbs. Investigators said the abductor may have a cut on her leg, sustained during a struggle with Stephanie.
Investigators also released a photograph of a fringed, black winter scarf they hope someone will recognize. The Missouri National Guard found it along with a knife Saturday near the family's home.
"In the description given by the mother, she described the unknown subject as having a scarf around (her) neck," said Corvington.
"We feel it's pretty significant and we'd like for the public to take a look and see if anybody recognizes it," said Toelke.
The family said they've never seen the scarf or the woman before.
"My daughter did not know (the abductor). As far as her knowing my daughter, she could have done anything," said Stephanie's mother, Raylene Ochsenbine.
With each passing day, they're becoming more frantic and more fearful that Abby won't be found. Authorities said the suspect may have targeted the home because of a sign in the lawn announcing Abby's arrival.
"We're getting concerned about her long Abby's been gone. It's really become a major concern," said Abby's grandfather and Stephanie's father Kenny Ochsenbine.
This past weekend, Abby's pediatrician, Dr. Andy Zupan, said it is important for her to be seen in his office. She was discharged from the hospital over a week ago, and due for a follow-up appointment a few days later.
Zupan said Abby is dependent on breast milk, and any time a baby's nutritional source is changed, there can be concern.
Abby is Caucasian with black hair and blue eyes, 19 inches long and weighs six lbs. When Abby was taken, she was wearing a pink dress with a flowered collar. She also has a birth mark between her eyes.
Investigators have sent the scarf and the knife to the St. Louis County Crime Lab for testing. Investigators are awaiting the results of those tests.
At the time of the abduction, the woman was wearing a baseball cap with a worn bill, with dark hair tucked under the hat along with a grey or brown T-shirt and denim shorts.
"We don't have ill will... we just want her to come home... just give her back," said the baby's grandmother Raylene Ochsenbine. She added the whole family is torn apart.
The family of Shawn Hornbeck is also aiding in the search for Abby. Shawn, who was 11 at the time, disappeared nearly four years ago while riding his bicycle near his home in Richwoods.
Shawn's father Craig Akers started The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation to help other missing kids and their families. The group has been distributing flyers containing Abby's picture.
Ironically, one of Abby's relatives used to babysit Shawn.
To God Almighty,
The Lord of Israel,
May Michael be at her right hand,
Gabriel at her left hand,
Before her Raphael and
Behind her Uriel,
And above her the Divine Presence of God.
Lord, protect her and all children, everywhere.
Not many details yet on the baby (only that she was taken to the hospital - which would be normal) - The perp was in a rural home about 7 miles away from the parents home.
The mother also has 37 stitches on her hands from fighting back with the perp. If the cut on the mother wind pipe would have been just a few more cm it would have killed her.
So happy that prayers were answered!
ping to post 87 and later - baby has been found alive!
BREAKING NEWS: Family Says Abby Woods Found Alive, Woman Arrested
created: 9/15/2006 3:11:47 PM
updated: 9/19/2006 6:44:21 PM
(KSDK) - The family of Abigale Lynn "Abby" Woods said she has been found safe and police say a woman has been arrested in connection with her disappearance.
The baby was found near the intersection of Yellow Dog Road and Highway 47 late Tuesday afternoon.
A woman who lives near the scene said she was driving home from work when she discovered the road to her home was closed.
Carol Wischmeyer said she pulled up to the intersection and saw several emergency vehicles. She said she saw a man holding a baby wrapped in blankets who told her she couldn't go down the street.
Stay tuned to NewsChannel 5 and ksdk.com for more information on this developing story.
Thank you Lord for prayers answered!
Suspects sister-in-law suspected that baby was not the suspects after the sister-in-law discovered that the baby had make-up on her forehead hiding the baby's birthmark on her forehead. Suspect was then confronted by family members and discovered that suspect had actually miscarried her own child. Suspect is married, but it was the suspects sister-in-law who discovered the hidden birth on the baby girl.
Goodness. I'm so glad this baby is home where she belongs.
Incredible! All because her observant sister-in-law noticed makeup smudged on the baby's cap! Just amazing. PTL!
Incredible joy for this family and for all who shared in this horrific affair. Life is full of pain and suffering. . .but AGONY. ..is another matter. <P.God Bless this child. . .and all her family; that she may grow into, and up into. . .Life safely and with all the love she deserves.
Wow! Did the suspect live in the same town as the baby's family?
at first they said they baby was just 7 miles away from the home she was taken from and then they lowered it down to around 2.5 to 3 miles away.
So Shannon Beck (suspect) must have been pretty far along in her pregnancy to try and pass off a newborn baby as her own. Glad family members were alert to the situation and noticed the makeup covering the birthmark.
known that the baby was not his and his wife's.
I believe so... the sister-in-law that turned her in had also just had a baby.
On Sunday, Beck contacted Torrez to say she had given birth, Corvington said. Beck had been pregnant but apparently miscarried shortly before her own child was to be born.
Torrez visited Beck on Monday and urged her to take the child to a doctor, the FBI agent said. Beck agreed, and Torrez accompanied her to St. Louis on Tuesday, about 45 miles away.
Torrez noticed what appeared to be makeup on the baby's forehead, Corvington said. When she rubbed the forehead, makeup came off what was covering a small birthmark.
In publicizing the abduction, police had described Abby's strawberry-red birthmark. Her suspicions aroused, Torrez confronted Beck, who gave her the baby, Corvington said.
Torrez contacted police, and the baby was handed over to authorities around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Praising the LORD!!
Thanks for the update. Glad there was a happy ending!
This one is written more to match what LE is reporting locally.
Beck called her sister-in-law, Dorothy Torrez, Sunday to say she had given birth, and Torrez visited Beck Monday and Tuesday, Corvington said.
While accompanying her to a doctor's appointment Tuesday, Torrez noticed makeup on the baby's forehead, the special agent said. Police reports had indicated the baby had a birthmark on her forehead.
While Beck was inside the doctor's office, Torrez rubbed Abigale's forehead with her cap and the makeup came off, revealing a birthmark, Corvington said. Torrez called her own husband and Beck's husband before confronting Beck.
When the pair got home, there was an argument over the child, and Beck's husband gave the baby to Torrez and told her to take the infant to police. She did so about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Corvington said.
Thanks for the ping and the pic. I was looking at the exact photo on TV when I pulled this up!
They will all be on the Today Show tomorrow morning.
this would explain why the suspect was not in the hospital on Friday after having a late term miscarriage on Friday. (Abby was kidnapped at 12:30pm on Friday) I wonder how she was able to pull all this off at home and hide the miscarried baby's body. I wonder if her husband help her.
Wow - I know they are all soooo happy. Looking forward to hearing them in the morning.
Good news BUMP..thanks for the thread CAWT
Whew! Coulda been touch and go, that! I think if I'd had suspicions, I would have simply gone somewhere private and called the authorities, not confronted anyone personally. They could've run, you know?
I'm so glad this turned out well!
So glad the baby's safe and back with her mother. Must be a pretty big case for the FBI, National Guard, and the police to be involved. Must be some kind of baby-farming ring...
Prayers and blessings to mom and baby...
My wife has family in Franklin County, MO.