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Mother arrested after police find missing infant in Elkhart

Heather Gipperich, 31, faces a preliminary felony charge of neglect after her missing nine-month old baby was found in Elkhart.

Posted on Feb. 17, 2014 at 8:07 a.m.

A mother is behind bars this morning after police found her missing nine-month old daughter in Elkhart Sunday evening, Feb. 16.

The Elkhart Truth's news partners WNDU reported that Heather Gipperich, 31, faces a preliminary felony charge of neglect and the child, Bethany Ann Gipperich, is in custody of the Department of Child Services.

The child was last seen Friday, Feb. 14, and Heather Gipperich's mother filed a missing persons report on Saturday. When Gipperich returned to her mother's home Sunday afternoon, South Bend Police say that she seemed to be "out of it" and was experiencing serious personal issues.

She did not have her daughter with her but said she had spent the weekend with a woman named "Amber," WNDU reported.

The South Bend and Elkhart police departments worked together to locate the infant Sunday evening. The child was found in Elkhart by Elkhart Police and was in good health.

South Bend Police are now trying to piece together what happened.

"We believe this all transpired in the South Bend area," Capt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department said. "If these names or circumstances sound familiar, we'd be very interested in that information."

Anyone with more information may contact the South Bend Police Department at 235-9201.


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