UPDATE: 4:45 PM, Tuesday, June 25
Bismarck Police say at 4:15 pm this afternoon LeahMae was dropped off safely at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck. She is safe and health according to Bismarck Police.
Police have not identified who dropped off LeahMae Morsette. There was a person of interest in the case, however, at this point, no charges have been filed against him.
Bismarck Police Chief Dave Drayovitch says “we were hoping for this outcome and we got the result that we wanted.” Bismarck Police say they want to thank everyone, and it was because of the public that she’s safe.
The Amber Alert for LeahMae has been cancelled.
ORIGINAL STORY: 10:30 PM Monday, June 24
Authorities are asking for your help to find a missing infant.
NEW: Police name person of interest in missing baby.
LeahMae Dawn Morsette, 7 months old, was discovered to be missing by police around 9:00 p.m. tonight, June 24th, 2019. She was last seen on video surveillance with her mother in the 300 Block of West Arbor Ave around 1:00 a.m. this morning.
LeahMae is described as a Native American female with curly black hair just past her ears and brown eyes. She is believed to be wearing a tan button up onesie with shorts over the top or a magenta shirt with pink shorts.
LeahMae’s mother was arrested this evening and was unable to provide information as to her whereabouts or who she may be with. Dawn Morsette was arrested for child neglect and prevent arrest on felony charges.
If anyone has any information on where LeahMae is, they are asked to call the Bismarck Police Department at (701) 223-1212 or your local law enforcement agency.
According to the Bismarck Police Department, an amber alert has not been issued because this case does not meet Amber Alert Criteria.
Those criteria are as follows:
*Law enforcement must confirm that an abduction has taken place
*The child must be at risk of serious injury or death
*There must be sufficient descriptive information of child, captor, or captor’s vehicle to issue an alert
*The child must be a minor (under 18 years of age)