Mom in custody after 11-month-old baby disappears; police suspect foul play

South Carolina police on Friday arrested a mother whose 11-month-old baby has been missing since July, Myrtle Beach Online reports.

Authorities were tipped off about the missing tot on Wednesday, Myrtle Beach Police Capt. Joey Crosby said.

Investigators believe the baby’s disappearance is a result of foul play, but Crosby said the public is not in danger and that suspects have been identified.

Police executed search warrants at a home Thursday evening in connection with the probe. The investigation continued throughout the evening as police collected and examined evidence into Friday  morning. Authorities have not said what was discovered during the search and the mother’s identity has not been released.

Update on the child disappearance investigation.

Posted by Myrtle Beach Police Department on Friday, September 22, 2017

JoAnne Mendenhall, a neighbor of the mother, told the Sun News that she was disturbed by the police activity happening right next door.

“I’m terrified,” Mendenhall said. “I knew this was a crowded neighborhood when I moved here, but I didn’t know it was so extremely violent. Shootings and police cars constantly.”

The property manager of the mother’s home allowed a television crew from WPDE-TV into the house. Inside, a stroller, food and baby formula could be seen in addition to a gas can that was tipped-over on a bedroom floor.

The property manager said a couple staying there had a young child who appeared to be 1 or 2 years old. The manager said he thought they were good people. Neighbors told WPDE they had not seen the child in some time but were told she had been staying with a grandmother.

Anyone with information about the case may call police at 843-918-1382.

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