Police find body of missing baby girl from Plymouth

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A Silver Alert for 11-month-old Mercedes Lain has been canceled after she was found dead.

Mercedes Lain
Mercedes Lain

Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman confirmed Mercedes’ body was found around 9 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area in Starke County, just beyond the border with Marshall County.

According to Chipman, young Mercedes’ parents – Tiffany Coburn and Kenneth Lain – gave her to 37-year-old Justin Miller on Friday, Aug. 13, for “a few days break from their child,” and he did not bring her back to them.

Coburn and Lain reported the girl missing, and the Silver Alert was issued for Mercedes on Sunday, Aug. 15 after she was last seen Saturday around 12:30 a.m. in Mishawaka.

On Monday, Tiffany Coburn and Kenneth Lain were both taken into custody on charges of Level 6 neglect of a dependent because they gave the baby to Miller, Chipman said.

Miller was found on Monday at a home in Starke County and taken into custody. After numerous interviews with police, on Wednesday, Miller led investigators to Mercedes’ body, Chipman said.

Miller faces a charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Level 1 felony. He’ll face 20-40 years if convicted.

Coburn and Lain could face 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years if convicted.

Plymouth Police, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, and the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Development Team all assisted with the search for the missing girl.

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