19-year-old Lancaster Mom Found Dead, Missing Baby Located

Maricopa CountyPhoenix (Maricopa, Arizona)

LANCASTER, Calif. ( KTLA) -- Sheriff's officials say they have located a 7-month-old girl whose mother, a Lancaster resident, was found dead along a roadside in Arizona.

A spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says HeavenMarie Smith was apparently turned over Friday to Child ProtectiveServices in California.

Authorities had been searching for the child after her mother, 19-year-old Brittany Jasmine Hines, was found slain on the side of a road in the Phoenix area around 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

Sheriff's officials say the baby was with her mother when she left California earlier last week.

Investigators say Hines has no known family ties to Arizona and it's unclear why she was in the state.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Det. Bryan Cluff #961 (602) 876-4804 or the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (602) 876-1011 and reference case number 10-225251.

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