A mother who disappeared hours after giving birth and her missing newborn daughter have been found safe, at different locations, and now police have charged the midwife and a 39-year-old man with kidnapping them.
Police spokesman Dana Pierce said Monday Holly Daenette Parker-Heard, 27, was found at a Cobb County house Sunday afternoon, and a series of tips led them to a house in Carrollton where they found the infant and Rebecca Mclarty, the 39-year-old midwife who had delivered her.
Mclarty is in the Carroll County Jail on charges of kidnapping and cruelty to children. A lookout has been posted for Christian Turner, whom Pierce called a "co-conspirator.
"The mother's fine. The infant's fine," Pierce told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A strange series of events began Saturday afternoon when Parker-Heard allegedly delivered her daughter at the Austell Inn and Suites at 7377 Riverside Parkway in Austell. Police believe she delivered at the hotel with Mclarty's help some time Saturday.
Police were called after "hotel staff found blood-soaked linens... The mattress was contaminated with blood," Pierce said.
Police also were alarmed because it was unlikely either the mother or the baby received medical treatment.
The mother was found at an "undisclosed" location in Cobb County Sunday afternoon. She was "taken to a hospital and she is reported to be fine," Pierce said.
"She told us the last she knew… the infant was at an address in Mableton Ga.," Pierce said. "We went there and we did not find the infant or the male resident, 39-year-old Christian Turner. He is on the run and believed to be in route ...[to] Montgomery, Ala."
But subsequent tips were that the infant and the midwife would be found in Carrollton and that is where the midwife was arrested.
Turner is believed to be driving an white 2000 Ford F150 pickup, license No. BWA7432.
An arrest warrant has been issued. The charges against Turner also are kidnapping and cruelty to children.