UNION, Mo. – A grandmother of a newborn girl stolen from a rural home pleaded Saturday for the baby’s safe return, as authorities searched for an abductor who stabbed and seriously injured the infant’s mother before fleeing with the child. “The family’s in agony,” Raylene Ochsenbine said at a news conference. “Just give her back.” The attacker walked into the home, told Abby Woods’ mother, “I’m here to take your child,” then slashed the young mother’s throat and fled with the 1-week-old baby. The infant’s pediatrician, Andy Zupan, said the abduction comes at a time when the baby is still adjusting to life. She is already overdue for a doctor’s visit, Zupan said, and had been breast-feeding. “We just want her to just take her to a church or a hospital,” Ochsenbine said. “Just give her back.” Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said authorities had some good leads in their search for the attacker and the baby, but “nothing has headed us in a certain direction.” The child’s mother said she did not know her attacker, police said. Stephanie Ochsenbine, 21, was in stable condition Saturday after surgery. “She’s torn apart,” Raylene Ochsenbine said. The FBI, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri National Guard were helping with the investigation, Toelke said. The sheriff asked the public to report any woman who had talked about wanting a child or acted pregnant recently. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible Franklin County Maj. Mike Copeland noted that a sign celebrating Abby’s birth was displayed in the front yard and was plainly visible from a highway. The attacker gained entry to the family’s home in Lonedell, about 45 miles south of St. Louis, on Friday afternoon by asking to use Stephanie Ochsenbine’s telephone. James Woods, Ochsenbine’s boyfriend and Abby’s father, was at work at the time, police said. They fought after the woman told Ochsenbine “I’m here to take your child,” and Ochsenbine was stabbed several times and her throat was slashed. Ochsenbine’s 1-year-old son, Connor, also was in the house but was unharmed. Ochsenbine passed out and police aren’t sure how long she was unconscious.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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