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Missing Toulon Baby Found, Mother Arrested-Update


Update: According to the Stark Co. Sheriff, the mother of a missing baby broke down to agents with the FBI Thursday night, 10 hours after reporting the three week old girl had been abducted. The infant was found dumped in a culvert on 700th St. in Toulon by some volunteers who were out looking for the baby. The child was taken to a hospital in Peoria. The mother, remains behind bars. 


Update: Kendra E. Meaker, has been charged with a Class 4 felony for her involvement in the disappearance of her 3-week old daughter, Mia. Meaker will be in Stark County Court today for her initial appearance. She's being charged with Obstruction of Justice/Destroying Evidence, a Class 4 Felony and Endangering the Life/Health of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor.


A Toulon, Illinois baby thought to be abducted is found alive. Her mother has been arrested.

It was surprising news to everyone who had been waiting for word about 3-week-old Mia Thompson. There were hugs, big smiles and lots of tears outside the Stark County Sheriffs Office in Toulon as worried friends and relatives learned little Mia had been found. "Let me say right now, for this particular incident, I am so damn happy I could cry," Sheriff Jimmie Dison told the crowd. Relatives tells us they were feeling the same. But their joy quickly turned to dismay as the sheriff continued.

He said, "The child was found alive on a rural, Stark County road where it had either been dumped or placed there by subjects unknown. The child was taken by ambulance to an area hospital to be checked out. It remains under investigation, but at this time, the child's mother, Kendra Meaker, age 19, has been arrested on charges relating to the incident."

That began just after 8:00 Thursday morning, when the community first learned of the missing three-week old and began searching for her. Her mother told police she had gone to the post office with both her daughters, 3-week old Mia and an 11-month old. But Meaker said when she got home, she realized Mia was not in the back seat.

Police issued an Amber Alert. They searched two different locations, the family's home and a campground just a few minutes away where we are told the family owns property. Neighbors came together with a prayer vigil, hoping for a miracle. And relatives tell us that happened about 12 hours after the entire ordeal happened.

At this point, police are not releasing a lot of details. No word on the charges Kendra Meaker faces. And no word on Mia's condition. The Sheriff says, while she was sent to a hospital to be checked out, she was also taking nourishment at the scene . Family members say they are optimistic.