Here's the story behind the Amber Alert issued for a missing newborn in Lebanon
Law enforcement across southwest Missouri breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday evening when a missing newborn baby was found safe.
That moment of respite was preceded by a stressful, confusing few hours for Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap and his deputies.
Millsap said the case started Tuesday afternoon when a woman receiving care at a hospital in Lebanon told authorities her newborn baby was missing.
The original story, Millsap said, was that the woman gave birth on the side of the road in Lebanon and left her baby with some passers-by who stopped to help. Those passers-by were supposed to follow to the woman to the hospital, she said, but they didn't show up.
Millsap said investigators were able to quickly determine that story wasn't true.
The real story, Millsap said, is that the woman gave birth in a camper in rural Laclede County and then was taken to the hospital by a relative because she was having complications.
The woman left her newborn baby with an associate named "Mike" with the understanding that Mike would bring the baby to the hospital, but Mike did not follow through, according to Millsap.
Millsap said investigators learned that "Mike" and/or the baby's father, Steven Bohlinger, took the baby to one of Bohlinger's relatives in Laclede County, who then took the baby to a different relative in Webster County.
The relative in Webster County saw an Amber Alert that was issued for the child Tuesday afternoon and contacted law enforcement, who responded and took the baby to the hospital.
Millsap said he was told by paramedics the baby appeared to be healthy. He said the child will likely be taken into state custody after leaving the hospital.
Millsap said both Bohlinger and the child's mother had outstanding warrants, so that might explain some of the lack of cooperation or why they were reluctant to take the baby to the hospital.
As of Wednesday morning, no one had been arrested, but Millsap said the case was still under investigation.
Millsap said Laclede County deputies got assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Lebanon Police Department, the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the FBI.