A West Virginia/Kentucky man says he gave his missing baby to social workers but police say they have no record of that.
Shannon Overstreet, 38, is the dad of 3-month-old Angel Nichole Overstreet. According to police, the newborn has not been seen since May 8. Authorities arrested Overstreet on Monday for felony malicious wounding and a battery charge, stemming from a previous unrelated incident.
While questioning Overstreet about his daughter, he claimed he turned the baby over to Children’s Protective Services. Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell said during a Monday press conference that social services said the baby wasn’t in their custody, the Herald-Dispatch reports.
“Mr. Overstreet was located here in Huntington and came to police headquarters here on May 24,” Cornwell said. “He had stated to CPS previously and to our detectives that he had relinquished custody of the child two weeks prior to CPS from West Virginia. Child Protective Services from West Virginia has no knowledge or record of any transfer of custody of this child.”
CPS reported Angel missing on Monday after investigating a custody battle involving Overstreet in Kentucky. Cellphone records indicated that Overstreet’s last known custody time with the baby was in early May.
Detectives executed search warrants for Overstreet’s vehicle, his mother’s home in Huntington, West Virginia, and his residence in Kentucky. Investigators are in contact with the infant’s mother, who is not considered a suspect in her child’s disappearance.
Angel described as a white infant with blue eyes and dark red hair. She has a strawberry-shaped birthmark on the back of her neck.
Meanwhile, Overstreet remains behind bars at the Western Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. Police didn’t call Overstreet a suspect in the infant’s disappearance but added that they were extremely worried for her safety.
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[Feature Photo: Angel Overstreet/Handout]