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Report: Missing Lansing Woman Whose Baby Died Lost Parental Rights To 6 Other Children

The woman reportedly has a troubled past.

March 25, 2019 - 11:08 pm
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LANSING (WWJ) -- Police are still searching for a Lansing woman who was reported missing last week along with her newborn daughter.

The baby, who was found dead inside her mother's car, reportedly had no signs of injury or trauma on her body and police are still waiting for test results to come back before they determine a cause of death.

While the mother, 35-year-old Ashley Shade, is still missing, the Lansing State Journal reported Monday that she has had loads of trouble with Child Protective Services in the past.

On March 18 Lansing police were called to an apartment complex on the complaint of an unresponsive infant, according to the Lansing State Journal story. When police arrived, two girls under the age of 10 were found home alone, but Shade and the baby were gone.

The father returned home and told police the baby, who was later found dead in her mother's car, had been born in the bathroom, reportedly to avoid CPS.

According to the Lansing State Journal report, Shade had called the father earlier in the day and told her the baby was not breathing. When he came home, Shade was crying, but the father says he "thought the baby looked fine, like she was sleeping." The man did not contact any emergency services to report that the baby was not breathing, according to the report. 

Shade has six other children. The state has revoked her parental rights to all of them, according to the report, which says four of Shade's six other children tested positive for drugs when they were born. Shade reportedly tested positive for marijuana and cocaine during her pregnancies.

CPS had determined there was an "unreasonable risk of harm" if they were left in the care of her mother. So for her sixth child, she stayed home to have the baby in order to avoid CPS, according to the report. Records reportedly show that Shade didn't arrive at the hospital until 13 hours after that birth and the baby tested positive for drugs and was showing symptoms of withdrawals.

The report says Shade missed 28 visits with the baby, didn't sign the birth certificate, and missed 91 days of parenting time with her sixth child. The baby was put up for adoption and the process was finalized last fall, according to the story.

Shade, described as 5-foot-8 and approximately 140 lbs., is still missing. Authorities say she has sandy brown hair and blue eyes, with a tattoo on the back of her neck. Authorities say she is likely in need of medical attention.

She was last seen in the area of S. Washington Avenue and Holmes Road in Lansing before a missing/endangered alert was issued last week.

Anyone with information about Shade's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Lansing police at 517-483-4600.