Sheriff says mother admits to leaving baby along road

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The mother of a reportedly abducted baby is facing charges in connection with the infant’s disappearance.

Kendra Meaker, 19, of Toulon, Illinois was arrested Thursday, September 27 after volunteers and law enforcement spent the day searching for Meaker’s missing three-week-old daughter, Mia Graci Thompson.

The baby was reported abducted from the back seat of Meaker’s car while the vehicle was outside the Toulon Post Office just after 8 a.m. September 27.  Later than morning, police issued an Amber Alert for Baby Mia.

Volunteers reportedly found the baby Thursday evening along a gravel road near Highway 17 east of Toulon.  The baby was taken to a Peoria Hospital and, the sheriff said, she was reportedly doing well.

Meaker was scheduled to make her first appearance in Stark County Court Friday, September 28, 2012.  She was held in the Stark County Jail after her arrest. 

Stark County Sheriff Jimmie Dison said Meaker admitted to being the person who placed the baby on the side of the road.  Dison said Meaker did not yet explain why she might have done it.  He also said there was no indication that the baby’s father had anything to do with the incident.