LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) — A dead 7-month-old and her missing sister and parents have Lowndes County investigators scrambling.
They are searching for 2-year-old Maliah Harris, and her mother and father, Don Harris and Allison Studdard. They are believed to be in a black or brown 2002 Pontiac Aztec with possible Georgia license plates.
The couple fled a home on Honnell Mill Road in northeastern Lowndes County at about 6 Wednesday morning after their 7-month-old Alyssa Harris was found not breathing.
Coroner Greg Merchant later declared the infant dead.
Her grandfather, Roger Studdard awoke shortly before 6 to loud noises in a hallway and discovered what he thought was a fight between the couple was actually the medical emergency with the child. As he called 911, the couple fled with the 2-year-old, officials said.
Investigators don’t know why.
Lowndes deputies say methamphetamine were found at the scene of the incident. Both Studdard and Harris have one count of possession of ICE/methamphetamine pending against them in Lowndes County.
Merchant says he found no visible signs of trauma on the infant.
Merchant says based on preliminary autopsy results, there was nothing physically wrong with the seven month old. He told WCBI late Wednesday night more toxicology and testing will be done.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.
An Amber Alert was issued for the girl but later expired. However, the nationwide search continues.
Actual Amber Alert Text
THE MISSISSIPPI HIGHWAY PATROL IS ISSUING AN AMBER ALERT FOR A 2-YEAR-OLD CHILD WHO WAS ABDUCTED THIS MORNING FROM CALEDONIA, MISSISSIPPI.
MALIAH HARRIS IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE FEMALE. THE SUBJECTS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE ABDUCTED ARE DONALD BOYD HARRIS AND ALLISON STUDDARD. DONALD HARRIS IS DESCRIBED AS A 34-YEAR-OLD WHITE MALE, 5 FEET 11 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 201 POUNDS WITH BLUES EYES AND DARK HAIR. ALLISON STUDDARD IS DESCRIBED AS A 31-YEAR-OLD WHITE FEMALE 5 FEET, 7 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 107 POUNDS WITH BLUE EYES AND BROWN HAIR. THEY WERE LAST SEEN IN A BLACK OR BROWN 2002 PONTIAC AZTEC BEARING GEORGIA LICENSE PLATE PGR7927. IF ANYONE HAS INFORMATION REGARDING THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE CHILD OR THE TWO ADULTS, CONTACT THE MISSISSIPPI HIGHWAY PATROL AT 1-855-642-5378.