Ashley Rae Shade’s daughter was less than a week old when they both disappeared.
As WXYZ reports, the 35-year-old mom from Lansing, Michigan, was reported missing on March 18 along with her 6-day-old newborn daughter.
According to the Lansing State Journal, the baby was reportedly born at home, in Shade’s bathroom, most likely to avoid child protective services. Shade had done something similar for the birth of her sixth child, who was eventually put in state custody.
Of those six other children, four tested positive for drugs at the time of their birth. Shade’s parental rights were revoked for all six children, the oldest of whom is now 18.
On March 18, Shade called her newborn’s father, saying that the baby (her seventh child) wasn’t breathing. However, the father later told police that when he got home, the baby looked fine.
Police were called to Shade’s residence that evening in response to a complaint about an unresponsive infant. When they arrived, Shade and the baby had disappeared.
Authorities immediately launched a search for the missing mother and newborn.
MISSING / ENDANGEREDAshley Rae Shade34 yrs. 5'8" 135 lbs.New born baby girl.Both reported missing yesterday in…
On March 19, Lansing police found Shade’s car. Inside, they also found her newborn daughter, who had died. In a Facebook comment, the department stated that there were no signs of injury or trauma to the infant.
Meanwhile, the search continued for Shade. On March 28, after being missing for about a week, police found Shade safe and arrested her on multiple outstanding warrants.
Shade was arraigned on Thursday for failure to appear on an assault and battery charge from 2016. Her bond was set at $11,000. The cause of death for her newborn daughter has not yet been determined.