Newborn baby girl found dead in car, still no signs of mother who vanished days ago

A missing Michigan woman’s newborn baby was found dead inside a car on Tuesday, but there are still no signs of the mom, who was reported missing on Monday.

Lansing State Journal reports that 35-year-old Ashley Shade’s newborn daughter was found inside the woman’s 2002 silver Toyota Camry, located at the 100 block of East Kilborn Street in Lansing, in the Old Towne neighborhood. The discovery came after Shade’s family reported her and 6-day-old little girl missing on Monday night, according to Lansing Police Public Information Director, Robert Merritt.

Shade’s family said that the woman has a history of mental issues and drug abuse, Fox 47 reports. She also has seven other children. Five of the children are in protective custody, according to the woman’s family.

Shade reportedly hid the fact she was pregnant again, and is likely in need of medical assistance after giving birth at home to the infant girl around a week ago.

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UPDATE – Missing / Endangered

Posted by Lansing Police Department on Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Merritt said it’s too soon to determine how the newborn died. An autopsy is currently underway.

“It’s too early to say how she died,” he said. “Our focus right now is finding Ashley. But it’s a tragic situation.”

Ashley is described as a white female who stands 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs around 135 pounds. She has sandy brown curly hair, blue eyes and a tattoo on the back of her neck.

Anyone with any information on Ashley’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Lansing Police Detective Thielen at 517-483-6858 or dial 911.

Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Ashley Shade/Handout]