September 30, 2012

Kendra Meaker - Charged With Leaving Three-Week-Old Daughter In Ditch, Reporting Her Kidnapped 12 Hours Later

Stark County, Illinois (The Weekly Vice) - Kendra Meaker, a 19-year-old Illinois woman was jailed Thursday after she allegedly dumped her three-week old daughter in a ditch, drove off, waited 12 hours, then claimed her daughter had been kidnapped.

According to the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Meaker reportedly walked into their office Thursday morning and told deputies that her daughter had been kidnapped out of her car while she was mailing a package at the post office.

Illinois State Police issued a state-wide Amber Alert for the missing infant, prompting groups of volunteers to begin canvassing the area.

While recuse teams were searching, Meaker eventually changed her story and stated that she abandoned the infant in a roadside ditch, drove off and waited 12 hours before she contacted the Sheriff's Office.

Russel and Mary Jo Van Dran, a couple who volunteered to join the search party, found the crying baby in a grassy culvert on the side of the road and brought her to emergency workers. The baby, along with Meaker's 11-month-old daughter, are now in the care of relatives.

Meaker was booked into jail and charged with obstruction of justice and endangering the life or health of a child. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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