Shannon Dedrick has been found.
CHIPLEY, Fla. — Florida authorities have found a missing baby alive under her baby sitter’s bed and say they’re planning to charge the baby sitter, her husband and the child’s mother.
Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock said early Thursday that investigators found 7-month-old Shannon Dedrick in a box at Susan Elizabeth Baker’s home near Chipley, a rural Panhandle town. The child had been missing for five days.
In a bizarre twist, WMBB said Baker’s stepson disappeared more than two decades ago and has never been found. Paul Baker was 3 years old when he was reported missing on March 5, 1987. Susan Baker and her husband, James, had been living in Beaufort, S.C., at the time.
“Susan Baker told police she put him [Paul] down for a nap that day and returned to find him missing. Deputies and police searched the area around their home for several days but found no trace of the little boy,” according to a synopsis of the case by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The Bakers were arrested but never indicted in Paul’s disappearance, WMBB said. However, during the investigation authorities found Paul’s 6-year-old sister had several broken bones and sores on her body.
Susan Baker was convicted of beating the girl and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the center said.