A 35-year-old North Carolina mother has been charged with the attempted first-degree murder of her 7-month-old daughter. The charge comes after she and her daughter were reported kidnapped, reported ABC.
Ashville police in North Carolina received a 911 call Thursday saying Krista Noelle Madden and her baby, Shaylie, had been kidnapped. The call did not come from Madden.
Authorities traced Madden's cellphone and police went to the location. They also received a call that an abandoned car was found on a "remote, gravel, private drive" near the location of the Madden's phone.
Upon arriving at the scene, police found Madden. She said she had escaped the kidnapping, but she did not have her daughter with her. She identified the abandoned car as hers.
Police dogs found no trace of anyone else in the area except for Madden, Henderson police said at the press conference. Just before 8 p.m., the police realized that this was a very different situation than they initially believed.
Police received another call from a family in the area who said they found a baby who appeared to have been tossed into a ravine. The couple retrieved the baby.
The 911 call was released by police Friday. The woman on the call sounded panicked after notifying police about the baby.
The baby was found after a woman went to check her mailbox. She thought she heard a baby crying, and called her husband to help her.
"[The husband] arrives at the scene, descends about a 75-foot ravine to find the child alone with a car seat," Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin said.
In an interview with "Good Morning America," Scott Fowler, the man who retrieved the infant, said if the baby had ended up anywhere else in the rural area, she may not have been found.
Shaylie was admitted to a local hospital after she was retrieved. The infant is believed to be in good condition.
Police now say there is no indication a kidnapping took place. They say it is possible that the original 911 caller truly believed Madden and Shaylie had been kidnapped.
Police took Madden into custody Thursday night. She is due in court on Friday.