MSP: Missing newborn found safe

Michigan
Ilah Mankel and Linda Mankel

Undated courtesy photos of Ilah Mankel and Linda Mankel. (Michigan State Police)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) — The missing newborn girl who police worried may be in danger has been located.

Dakota Blackwood, who is 12 days old, was found safe, Michigan State Police said Tuesday night. They did not say where.

MSP says Dakota’s mother Ilah Mankel was arrested for parental kidnapping. Grandmother Linda Mankel was arrested on unrelated charges.

State police say the family was aware of an order to take the baby into protective custody, but fled with her. They were thought to be in the Mt. Pleasant area.

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