A teen mom and her infant who went missing have been found safe outside of Denver on Monday afternoon. The 7-month-old infant is back in state custody and her 17-year-old mother is now in police custody after being accused of illegally taking her baby.
Jessica Schnitzer and her daughter La'Nayah Medina were located in Rifle, Colorado around 3:30pm Monday according to the Denver Channel. On Saturday, she fled her group home in Englewood along with her daughter and another group home resident, according to the Denver Post. Schnitzer did not bring clothing, formula or care items for the baby.
"Jessica is currently in custody on charges stemming from this case and La'Nayah is in the custody of Garfield County Social Services," Englewood Police said in an an update. "La'Nayah is healthy and unharmed."
Schnitzer did not have full custody of her daughter.
The other group home member, Maree Tibbetts, was located in Denver and is in the custody of Colorado Department of Youth Corrections.
Police had been concerned about Schnitzer’s state of mind and the baby’s welfare. Police described the 17-year-old as mentally unstable and said she was unable to care for her baby in the past. La’Nayah was allowed to stay with her mom at the group home, an unlocked facility.
[Englewood Police Department]