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MSP Looking for missing infant

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Jul 02, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — The police need your help.

They are looking for a 12-day-old baby who is missing and may be in danger.

She is reportedly with her mother, Ilah Mankel, and her grandparents, Linda Marie and Bryan David Mankel.

The baby, Dakota Blackwood, was supposed to go into protective custody after an order was issued by the state. The family was aware of this and took off with the child.

Authorities say that Linda Mankel is believed to be a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.

MSP say that they may be in the Mount Pleasant area.

Police are looking for a tan minivan that has a "student driver" sticker on the back.

Anyone with information about the Mankels’ whereabouts or where Dakota may be is encouraged to call 911 or the Michigan State Police Rockford Post at 616.866.4411.

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