Virginia police are searching for a 3-month-old girl reported to have been taken from her home.
Roanoke police Chief Tim Jones announced during a Wednesday press conference that the abduction was reported Tuesday night by the infant's mother. He said the mother told police her daughter, Arieanna Day, was put to bed at about 10 p.m. that night.
The mother says she discovered Arieanna missing about an hour later, and Jones says Arieanna's father told authorities he didn't have the infant.
“This circumstance is unusual,” Jones said. “There is no indication that the child was taken by force or the home was entered by force.”
He added that the door to the house wasn't locked that night.
Arieanna was last seen wearing a pink onesie and pink socks, police say.
An Amber Alert alert has not been issued because police don’t have a description of a suspect or a suspect vehicle, according to Jones.
Police say the family is cooperating with authorities.
"I don't know if she's living. I don't know where she's at. It's painful for my family, so I'm reaching out for help," Sophia Bryant, Arieanna's grandmother, told WSLS in Roanoke.
Jones said he is also worried about the baby’s well-being.
"A 3-month-old child in need of nourishment is a very critical circumstance, so the sooner we locate this child the better off we will be in all aspects," he said.
Police are asking the public for help.
“Someone out there knows what happened to this child,” Jones said, adding that ground searches are being conducted.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roanoke Police Department at 540-853-5959. All information given will remain confidential. People can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST and reference case number 1338465.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
[Photo: Roanoke Police Department]
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