Parents, grandparents of missing Kentucky 8-month-old arrested as police search woods for baby

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Kentucky State Police connected Tuesday utilized cadaver dogs to hunt a wooded area adjacent nan location of missing 8-month-old Miya Tucker but reported nary discoveries arsenic nightfall approached.

"We person nary grounds she’s deceased," Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King told NBC connection WFIE of adjacent Evansville, Indiana. "But we person nary grounds she’s alive, either."

The girl's parents, Tesla Tucker, 29, and Cage Rudd, 30; grandparents Billie J. Smith, 49, and Ricky J. Smith, 56; and a 5th person, identified arsenic Timothy L. Roach, person been arrested by authorities moving connected nan case.


missing babe baby Miya RuddMiya Tucker, 8 months old.Kentucky State Police via Facebook

All are from nan Reynolds Station area isolated from for Roach, who is from Owensboro, constabulary said.

It’s not clear if nan suspects person retained ineligible counsel. The nationalist defender for nan area did not instantly respond to a petition for comment. Some of nan 5 were successful tribunal Monday, but it wasn’t clear what transpired. More tribunal appearances successful nan lawsuit were scheduled for Wednesday.

State constabulary announced nan arrests of Miya’s parents arsenic good arsenic Miya’s grandfather connected Thursday. All 3 were booked connected allegations of kid abandonment and fentanyl-related charges.

Trooper King told WFIE that nan parents were contacted astatine a Motel 6 successful Kentucky, successful a room wherever drugs, including fentanyl pills and methamphetamine, were "in plain sight."

Miya was not there, he said.

State constabulary announced Sunday that Miya's grandma had besides been arrested — they discovered she had an progressive home unit warrant connected record — erstwhile they went to her residence to look for nan girl.

Additionally, they said, while astatine nan grandmother's residence they saw a man, identified arsenic Roach, flip "unprescribed" narcotics nether his vehicle, starring to his apprehension for allegedly having a controlled substance.

It's not clear what narration Roach has to nan family, if any.

King told WFIE that a family personnel said Miya hadn't been seen since precocious April. Otherwise, he lamented that those closest to Miya had nan slightest accusation for authorities searching for her.

He said erstwhile nan woman was calved successful October, her umbilical cord tested affirmative for methamphetamine. King said Miya has 3 older siblings who had been removed from her family by authorities authorities who cited alleged supplier issues.

The authorities Cabinet for Health and Family Services intended to region Miya from nan family arsenic well, King said.

Her parents told authorities nan woman had already been taken by nan cabinet, but King said that is not true.

The trooper, a spokesperson for authorities constabulary successful nan Reynolds Station area, astir 90 miles southwest of Louisville, said investigators still person dream that Miya mightiness beryllium recovered alive.

But he cautioned: "The longer this goes, nan much grim of an result this will be."

Dennis Romero

Dennis Romero is simply a breaking news newsman for NBC News Digital. 


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