As North Dakota authorities continue to search for a missing infant boy, many questions remain unanswered after the baby’s mother claimed she couldn’t remember where she left him.
Grand Forks Herald reports that Carrington resident Justice Lange, the mother of the 4 month-old baby, claimed that she last saw the infant near a slough, but she couldn’t remember much about the past four days while stuck in the woods. According to Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser, a local farmer spotted Lange walking along a road in the rural area of Woodworth, North Dakota, on Friday. The farmer reportedly dropped Lange off at her grandmother’s house, and the grandmother then called 911.
On Monday, Lange and her infant son were reported missing, along with a purple pickup truck. While Lange has been located, the truck and the baby remain missing.
“She was walking in the middle of nowhere,” Kaiser said. “She didn’t have the baby with her and we are trying to locate where the baby might be from the last place she can remember.”
Authorities are currently searching the rural areas between Buchanan and Woodworth, and according to Kaiser, the search so far yielded the discovery of a few clothing items only.
“We further searched an area and found some clothing items. Through the investigating and talking with her, she got us to and area with a slough. A bigger slough in the rural area. Some from there we searched the entire slough on the outside perimeter walking in the water with waiters all around that area. Found some more clothing.”
Kaiser also stated that Lange was wanted by police on several outstanding arrest warrants. According to Foster County court records, authorities took a warrant out of Lange’s arrest in 2017 for probation violations, in connection to a 2012 conviction for “forgery or counterfeiting.”
Lange was initially taken to the Carrington Police Department, but later taken to the Fargo Hospital for medical treatment.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and North Dakota Game and Fish Department are assisting local authorities in the search for the infant.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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