Sheriff's deputies, helicopters search for missing 3-week-old Newhall baby

Sheriff’s deputies from three stations and air units searched Saturday for a 3-week-old baby who was reported missing by her parents the night prior, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials.

The parents reported their baby was missing from their home, located in the 21300 block of Alder Drive, around 9:35 p.m. Friday, according to an LASD news release.

Deputies first searched the parents’ home but were unable to locate the baby, Lt. Brenda Cambra said.

“The parents are discussing the incident with us, they’re talking with us, and they’re being very cooperative. It is an ongoing investigation and I can’t release more information about it,” Cambra said.

Overnight, more than 50 personnel from the Santa Clarita Valley, Lancaster and Palmdale sheriff’s stations, as well as search-and-rescue crews and air units helped search for the missing girl.

Officials expanded the search to include areas from Sierra Highway to Valley Del Ora and Dockweiler Drive to Newhall Avenue.

The parents lived in an apartment or condominium, which both helped and hindered search efforts, Cambra said.

“In some ways it’s more difficult because there’s more people, there’s more places, there’s more locked doors,” she said. “But in some ways it’s easier because there’s more people to see things, to give information, possible witnesses.”When asked if the incident was considered an abduction, Cambra replied, “at this time it’s a search operation. We really want to find this baby.”

The infant was last seen wearing “Sesame Street” diapers and a blue and pink beanie.

Anyone with information was asked to contact LASD’s Santa Clarita Valley Station at 661-255-1121.

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