Body found of missing 11-month-old in Indiana, police say
PLYMOUTH, Ind. (Gray News) - The body of an 11-month-old girl who had been the subject of a statewide alert in Indiana was discovered hidden in the woods, police said Thursday.
The FBI Indianapolis office said Mercedes Lain had been found dead in Starke County Wednesday night. A Silver Alert had been issued for her after her parents reported her missing Sunday.
A prosecutor said Justin Miller, 37, had led authorities to the body, according to local reports. He had previously been taken into custody and now has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
Police had said Miller was a family friend and was supposed to babysit Mercedes for a few days. Police found him Monday without the girl.
The child’s parents, Kenneth Lain and Tiffany Coburn, had been charged Wednesday with neglect of a dependent.
An autopsy is scheduled to be done, and police said additional charges could be added in the case.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Plymouth Police Department at 574-936-2126 or call 911.
In Indiana, Silver Alerts are used for missing and endangered children as well as adults.
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