Grandma of missing 11-month-old girl speaks out
PLYMOUTH, Ind. --- The FBI was deployed to northern Indiana on Monday as agents, police, and community members work to bring an 11-month-old girl, home to Plymouth.
A Silver Alert was declared for 11-month-old Mercedes Lain on Sunday night. Police thought she disappeared with an adult and they've found that man, but not the child.
It’s been a devastating couple of days for the family as they continue to search for answers on where Mercedes might be and they tell ABC57 that wherever she is they just hope she’s brought home safely.
Police believed she was with 37-year-old Justin Lee Miller.
They found Miller, and his Jeep, in Starke County, but he didn’t have Mercedes with him.
According to Plymouth Police Chief David Bacon, Miller is currently in custody and is being charged with neglect of a dependent.
“She’s a happy little girl, she’s crawling. She’s energetic and she smiles a lot. I mean she’s our world. She’s our grandchild. She’s, this is breaking my heart I just don’t know," said Mercedes grandma, Angie Owens.
The department is now also working with the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, as the young girl's family waits for her to come home.
"She's honestly we could take her for an hour and I mean she cries. She just wants her mommy and daddy so I don't understand how she can be gone this long. I just don't know what to say. I just, we just want her found and brought home safe and sound."
Police are still looking for Mercedes at this time, if you know anything about her disappearance you are encouraged to contact the Plymouth Police Department with any details.