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MCPD: Search for missing infant has “reached an impasse”


This news story was published on January 11, 2012.
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Mason City Police Chief Michael Lashbrook said today that the department’s investigation into the suspected birth and unknown location of a infant has “reach an impasse.”

In a press release, Lashbrook said that requests for public assistance “has yielded little information that would give hope to locating a baby or to its well-being.”

Lashbrook also said that the MCPD is still requesting information “in hopes of a breakthrough.”  Anyone with information should call the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636.

An exhaustive search was conducted by the MCPD in and around the area of the Iowa Workforce Development offices on South Pierce over the last two days.  Police searched sewer and sewage lines, rooftops, neighborhoods and commercial business areas with no positive results.  “The search even extended to the North Iowa Landfill,” Lashbrook said.

Assistance was received from multiple personnel from the Charles City Police Department, North Iowa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which included two cadaver dogs, North Iowa Landfill personnel, Mason City Operations and Maintenance Division, Mason City Fire Department, Navratil Excavating, Iowa Workforce Development personnel and the Cerro Gordo County Medical Examiner.

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58 Responses to MCPD: Search for missing infant has “reached an impasse”

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    wtf Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    the father is prolly jai Nessett. i hurd that boy getz around.

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    kb Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

    does nebody kno who her babys father is??

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    Emanresu Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    MCPD “at an impasse” – no surprise to me. What crime have they ever solved? Maybe their “Union” does not allow them to work any harder than they have to in order to solve an actual crime! Heaven forbid they actually put an real effort forth to solve any crime.

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    carol Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    check the hospital. check big blue like every one said. get her ass to talk. this baby is a human to she needs to be behide bars until they find the baby and she talks.

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    Bender Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    there is such a thing as a wellfare class? OMG, the end must be near

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    Watcher Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    @ Matt (re: Jan 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm)

    You are another conspiracy mongler. You sound like another of the blind sheep.

    MCPD can’t do much when they have NOTHING to work with… she wont help and it seems no one who knows her wants to help either. Shame on her and her friends wgho are protecting her, not the MCPD.

    I laugh how it is always someone elses fault for a crime they commit.

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    Janie Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I say beat the bi**h until she opens her mouth and start saying where this baby is… I hope i never see this chick around again… I went to welfare classes with her… Omg shes such a brutal person how can she do that to a poor innocent baby…. I hope her other child isnt with her… This girl was a talkative person, shed smoke her cigarettes, and talked about how she didnt even know who da father was.. With pride too like it was funny to her that she had no clue who her childs father was..

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      January 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      What exactly will beating her accomplish?

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      Alice Reply Report comment

      January 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Beating her might just be justice.

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    snowflake Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

    someone needs to call Nancy Grace and get this story on the national headlines, maybe then this will get this girl to come fourth and we can have some justice for this baby.

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    Melanie Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I’ve looked for a lost receipt longer than they’ve looked for this child!!! Wonder if she was pregnant by a married cop or something. Something is definitely off with this. How do you just say well she won’t cooperate so our search for an infant is over. WTF!!!!

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    Barney fife Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Mason city cops couldn’t find their bunghole with both hands and a bacon detector.

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    matt Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I’m not saying the MCPD is involved with the baby. What I am saying is they don’t give any the full attention and detail that it needs, unless one of their officers are involved. They are going to let the public do all the work of locating the baby. While they harras citizen. The MCPD is fully corrupted. And if you are an officer and you do turn in other officers for wrong doing, you are fired. Talk about bad public relations.

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    mcpd Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    she prob was on CRACK

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    HATE HER Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I can’t stand this. That baby would have needed life support, a respirator….something. Let’s face it. that baby was born, couldn’t breath and instantaneously died. The stupid girl could tell them where the baby is so it could have a decent funeral. I HATE THAT GIRL. SHES A SELFISH WITCH!!!!!! My feelings won’t change. She should be tried for neglect at the very least. You can’t just dispose of a human corpse without consequences… I still think the baby was flushed and they just can’t find it in the sewer and shes too ashamed to admit she flushed her baby. SOMEBODY FLUSH HER!!!!!!

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    Patriot Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve heard she is already in the Floyd County jail and simply will not talk. Leave her there till she does.

    A baby that small can be put in so many places, storm drains, ponds, dumpsters may not find it till spring. The dogs will only work if they are in the right place and this is searching for a needle in the hayfield.

    She is a really sick person. Prison isn’t good enough for her. She obviously has something to hide because any other mother who misscarried like that would have been screaming for help, not trying to hide what happened.

    The testing proved that she gave birth, she should be able to be held for child endangerment until she produces the child. Just because a body hasn’t been found is not grounds enough to release her scott free. We in this instance have to beleive it was a live birth until an autopsy proves otherwise.

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      A Mom Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      I don’t see why they can’t hold her on a material witness charge until she talks. As far as anyone knows she is the only witness to the birth of the child. And per your other statement, I agree that the child should have rights. It should be assumed that the child was born alive until proven otherwise. That gives the child just as many rights as any other citizen, and kidnapping would be indicated since it’s whereabouts are unknown. Why are her rights being protected so much more than that of a child that cannot speak up for themselves??

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    Alice Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    This is so typical of Mason City police and the court system. People go to jail for the simplest things, but dispose of a baby, eh, no big deal. This is ridiculous! She obvisouly was pregnant, obvisouly had the baby, and obviously disposed of it. C’mon get off your butts and arrest her and hold her until she starts talking. What’s the problem here????

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      SMART PERSON - TDL Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      They can’t just charge her with murder or neglect or anything until they have a body, but you wouldn’t know or understand that cause you’re not very smart.. but that’s how the justice system works. “If you don’t love it, leave it.” – Ricky Stanzi

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      Guest Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      What’s the problem here????
      The problem here is the number of people who are willing to toss aside the accused’s constitutional rights – the same ones we all enjoy (for now…) just because of what the accused is alleged to have done. Yes, the non-cooperation of the accused is abhorrent and unconscionable. If the government’s justice system doesn’t get her, karmic justice will. Give it time.

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      Patriot Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      What of the childs rights? If it was a live birth, did (does) it not have rights as well?

      She is the sole person who can tell where either the child or it’s body is. She was the mother, therfore she should be held responsible for it’s safety and the fact she will not cooperate with law enforcement shows guilt, otherwise if she had nothing to hide she would have asked for help immediatly not clam up.

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      Alice Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Really Smart Person???? Child endangerment isn’t a reason to hold her??? I am so sick of people talking about the mother’s rights?? What about the rights of an innocent infant? And constitutional rights? Again, what about the rights of the infant? You people that are trying to justify why she did this what – the heck is the matter with you? Shame on all of you. If the child was stillborn, or whether the child was alive either way this child didn’t deserve what this mother did. An infant cannot speak for itself, so between the county attorney’s and law enforcement, arrest this woman and do what is right for the child!

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    just me Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I bet any money she threw the baby in BIG BLUE or the river right there. this is horrible! i dont understand how any one could do this to their child. if you didnt want the baby, give it up for adoption. lock the mother up and throw away the key!

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    get some Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    to bad i replyed twice to the wrong person

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    anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I strongly suggest they find something to lock up the mother on…..maybe one or her old warrants? Then get her a lawyer, and get her to talk. This is kind of like the Casey Anthony case. Until there is a body, hands are tied. Good idea to bring Nancy Grace in….she wouldn’t put up with this crap for long! Cadaver dogs, search her house, hell, stop the welfare payments for her other kid! If you keep the money from her, she may talk!

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      get some Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      apple you suck dont talk you just comment on eveyones replys, allow people let out what they feel and deal with it

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      get some Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      apple you should be on our MCPD you seem like you have your nose so deep in this bs you can figure it out by yourself BAM!

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    Apple Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    For all those that are replying to this article and bitching about the police. I work across the street from workforce dev. and I have seen two people searching since monday morning (two city workers other then police.) Don’t blame this on them when you aren’t willing to help yourselves.

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    Nichole Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Has anyone bothered to check the sewer? That was a pretty small baby. Might have been able to fit down the toilet.

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      Apple Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      If you would read the article, yes they have checked the sewers.

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      Alice Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Did you read the article??? They said sewer crews have been searching. And haven’t you seen the sewer trucks all over town?

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    She is screwed either way Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    What bothers me is them letting her out after she ran from them the last 8 months on warrants. So ya think she is going to be around when they do find the body.

    Two she is a welfare mamma leaching of the state and us. We seriously need to reform welfare, if you have warrants for your arrest you should not be getting your card replenished.

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    kiwi Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    She has the 5th amendment on her side. She doesnt have to confess to anything. Sad situation from all directions. I cannot help but think about whether or not the public would be as outraged if this baby would have been 12 weeks gestation instead of 29-32 and aborted. Where are the pro-choice people now? Using that point of view..it was this mother “choice” to throw this baby away. A beating heart is a beating heart. This baby deserved a chance at life and should have been dropped at a safe haven. I hope they find this baby and are able to bring justice in this situation and get the mother the help she needs.

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      ginger Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      what makes you think the baby was abored she very well could have gone into early labor! this has nothing to do with pro choice you are just trying to add to the drama!

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    what the defense would say Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I am NOT saying this is what I believe but what she could say. She can claim that the cord is all she gave birth to. And even if they prove that there was a baby born they need a body to see if the lungs are inflated to see if they baby was alive or still born.

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      Peter Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Call Nancy Grace. We need Headline News camped out by Big Blue. Vinny Politan?

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    Rooster Cogburn Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    If I followed this story correctly, the cleaning crew at Workforce Developement,on Saturday called the police with what they had found. I don’t think that building is open to the public on Saturday,therefore this baby was born,aborted or whatever on Friday or someone would have discovered it earlier. Secondly, this woman does not have to talk to anyone and if it looks like she is going to be subject to intense interviews she has the right to an attorney. Game is over at this point until the baby is found.

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      Peter Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      She has the 5th Amendment right not to incriminate herself, but she can exercising that right from behind bars in jail. At this point, not revealing the whereabouts of a known premature born infant places her at the child endangerment level, and probably kidnapping as well. Parents that deliberately withhold their children from receiving medical attention when they need it are charged for endangerment and manslaughter if the child dies. Sometimes homicide, depending on the circumstances. It’s reasonable to conclude at this time that the baby is in DIRE NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION, so at the least she needs to be arrested and the criminal procedures need to be followed. I’m sure the police have their strategy for dealing with fragile young Chanel, but it hasn’t worked thus far, so they need to show her the reality of not cooperating more clearly from the inside of an isolation chamber. Also, considering that she is violating the Libertarian tenets of being free as long as you don’t hurt another human being, I would also suggest that she be placed in psychiatric care, and possibly given psychotropic medications to loosen her up a bit. Important to note: I do not advocate involuntary administration of medications upon sole individuals, UNLESS, their actions are resulting in harming other people, which in this case…they clearly are.

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      Peter Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Dang…I forgot to close the tag, and my ITALICS got away from me.

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    angela Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I don’t know that much about the law, but can’t they arrest her on something? at this point, couldnt they call her an accessory to murder, or if the baby was alive, is child endangerment possible, not getting a newborn medical care seems like endangerment to me…probably pretty hard to proceed with no proof…. but the evidence they do have should be enough to hold her in custody you would think…… also I thank them (MCPD) for the work they do….. their jobs cant be easy.

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      Peter Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      They are trying to mollycoddle her fragile psyche’. I say enough’s enough. Arrest her and put in her a cell while she’s mulling her options over. I’m sure that a medical doctor could examine her (against her will) and determine if she recently gave birth. Once that determination was made, then MCPD could charge her with child endangerment, and possibly accessory to murder. Since it’s possible the baby could have been born alive, she can be tagged with the accessory to murder, 2nd degree murder (crime of the moment) or 1st degree murder if she had every intention of killing it. It’s possible as well, that it came out stillborn, but the girl still needs to be charged with something, just for handling this in such a heinous manner and being uncooperative. Start with interference with official acts. Get a court order to subpoena her before a grand jury and find her in contempt if she doesn’t cooperate. I hope they are checking her system for drugs and alcohol, because it’s possible she deliberately ingested drugs and alcohol in order to force an abortion. Lots of things are possible Sadness at loss of her baby aside…this is not how an innocent woman handles such an occurrence. Casey Anthony Part 2 Here we Come.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Was her vehicle searched? Her cell phone records? did she call someone when she was in the bathroom? She doesn’t seem smart enough to get away with hiding the baby somewhere…

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    Linda Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Never been a fan of MCPD, lost faith in them a long time ago. So sad that this baby can’t be found just because they won’t arrest the mother & make her tell ALL!!!!

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      Apple Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Even if they arrested her, how would they make her tell all? I understand that this is a sad situation, but I know several police officers as well as the chief and I know that this is making them as sick as it’s making us. You can’t force someone to tell you something otherwise Osama would have been dead a month after we invaded Afghanistan. It’s not the police’s fault that the law binds their hands. Remember they are not “the law”, they are simply “the enforcers”. The police department is bound by the same laws that protect our rights on a day to day basis.

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    Steve Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Have they used any trailing dogs, like Bloodhounds?

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      Guest Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Per the story a cadaver dog was used at the landfill Steve.

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    matt Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    You really expect the MCPD to do something. they covered up the murder of the jody husentrut case. Because their own officers were involved. They not going to do anything but protect their own butts.

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      cola Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Are you saying that MCPD is involved in the disappearance of this baby?

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      Compassionate Christian Reply Report comment

      January 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Matt I totally agree with you

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    Unknown Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Did u ever think that maybe she flushed it down the toliet… I mean it was premature… I feel so bad for whats going on… But why give up now… Keep searching

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

      They were at the sewage treatment plant examining the intake.

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    Shutta Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Make the mother cooperate!!!!!! You would know exactly where this baby is if you would interrogate the mother!!!!! DUHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

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    Jay Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Big Blue ponds were my first thought too.

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    Peter Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Did anyone think to look in those ponds near Big Blue? If someone helped her dispose of the baby, I’m guessing throwing it in the nearby lake would be the quickest way to get rid of it. Gruesome thought, but not out of the realm of possibility.

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      Peter Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Plus…doesn’t Workforce Development have security tapes they can review?

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      Apple Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      How do you think they found the mother? (The security tapes at Workforce development.

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    Questioning Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Is this their way of letting us know that they’re giving up?

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      January 11, 2012 at 10:49 am

      I am sure they could use some suggestions as what to do next.

      Yes, they have not searched every car, truck and railroad car that has passed through town to make sure the child is not there. I am sure they have not checked all the aircraft into and out of MCW.

      Did you help the assembled team sort through the sewage plant intake? Did you help them search the landfill?

      Help them out, suggest other avenue they can take.