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    Parents, grandparent arrested as police look for missing 8-month-old baby

    By Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk,


    The parents and a grandfather of an 8-month-old who has been missing since April were arrested Sunday in Kentucky as part of an investigation into the child’s whereabouts, authorities said.

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    The Kentucky State Police said it continues to search for the missing girl after opening an investigation last week that led to the arrests of five people, including the child’s relatives, the Courier-Journal reported .

    Miya Rudd of Reynolds Station has not been seen by her family “since the end of April,” according to an arrest citation. Miya has brown hair and green eyes, according to the KSP. Reynolds Station is about 65 miles southwest from Louisville.

    Miya’s parents, Tesla Tucker and Cage Rudd, along with the child’s grandfather, Ricky J. Smith, were arrested Sunday in connection to the investigation.

    The three are facing child abuse and abandonment charges, in addition to several drug charges. Smith also faces felony gun charges, according to WLKY-TV.

    The child’s grandmother, Billie J. Smith, was also taken into custody Sunday after troopers discovered there was an active warrant for her arrest. She was charged with second-degree assault in connection to an alleged domestic violence incident from October 2023.

    A fifth person, Timothy L. Roach of Owensboro, was also arrested and faces multiple drug charges after troopers allegedly saw him throw “unprescribed” opioids under his vehicle while in the driveway of Billie Smith’s residence Sunday, according to police.

    Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding the missing child to contact them at 270-826-3312.

    Police did not specify why the incident doesn’t meet the requirements for an Amber Alert.

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