Baby Girl Found Barely Alive In Motel Room With Dead Parents
Whitehall Township, MI – A Michigan State Police trooper found a six-month-old baby girl suffering from critical dehydration in a motel room in western Michigan with her dead parents on Friday.
The baby, named Skylah, was found just after noon on May 24 after state police responded to a call requesting a welfare check on the baby and her parents, WOOD reported.
Family members told police that Skylah’s parents, 26-year-old Jessica Bramer and 28-year-old Christian Reed, had been staying for about a week with the baby at the Rodeway Inn on East Colby Street in Whitehall Township.
State police troopers found Bramer and Reed dead inside their motel room, and baby Skylah desperately dehydrated but alive, the Holland Sentinel reported.
Authorities said drug paraphernalia was found scattered around the motel room, WOOD reported.
Initially, Skylah was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but her condition was so grave that on Saturday they airlifted her to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
The baby is believed to have been alone in the motel room with her dead parents for as many as three days, according to WOOD.
Skylah is expected to make a full recovery. It is not yet clear who would take custody of the newly-orphaned baby when she is released from the hospital.
Authorities said autopsies had been performed on Bramer and Reed on May 25 but no immediate cause of death was identified for either parent, WOOD reported.
Toxicology results were not expected to be back for 30 days.
Family members told WOOD that Skylah’s grandparents had contacted Child Protective Services about Bramer and Reed in January because they were worried about the infant’s safety.
The baby’s grandparents exchanged extensive text messages with Child Protective Services voicing their concerns about the parents’ ability to properly care for their child, WOOD reported.
The family said Bramer and Reed had an extensive history of arrests and had been in and out of jail.