6-Month-Old Baby Girl Found Alive After Spending Days In Motel Room With Her Dead Parents

Investigators believe the dehydrated baby may have been alone in the motel room with the dead bodies of Jessica Bramer and Christian Reed for as many as three days.

By Jill Sederstrom
Jessica Bramer and Christian Reed

A Michigan baby girl was miraculously found alive—although dehydrated—after spending days alone in a motel room with her dead parents.

A Michigan State Police trooper discovered 6-month-old baby Skylah shortly before noon on Friday after going to the Rodeway Inn in Whitehall Township to conduct a welfare check on the family, according to local station WOOD-TV.

The trooper discovered the infant’s parents, Jessica Bramer, 26, and Christian Reed, 28, dead in the motel room, along with drug paraphernalia. The cause of death for the couple has not yet been determined and likely won’t be finalized until toxicology reports have been completed. An initial autopsy has already been performed.

“The case is ongoing with several investigative angles being pursued,” Michigan State Police said in a statement according to MLive.

Investigators believe the baby could have been alone in the room for as long as three days before she was rescued. She was immediately transported to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital where she’s listed in critical condition but expected to make a full recovery.

Family members of the couple told WOOD-TV that they believed the pair, who had been in and out of jail before their deaths, had been staying at the motel for about a week.

Skylah’s grandparents had reportedly contacted Children’s Protective Services in January after being concerned about the baby’s welfare.

It is not known who will have custody of the baby after she is released from the hospital, The Associated Press reports.

Michigan State Police are asking that anyone who may have seen Bramer or Reed in the days before their death to contact investigators.

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