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Missing Kentucky baby’s body found ‘concealed’ at parent’s home

Kentucky State Police (KSP) say they have found the remains of an infant matching those of 8-month-old Miya Tucker Ladd, who was last seen by family members in May.

Police said the decomposed body was discovered “concealed” inside the family’s home on Friday, June 14, at approximately 1.15pm.

After investigators reviewed the scene, the baby was released to the Ohio County Medical Examiner’s Office and will be transported to the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, authorities said.

The investigation is ongoing by KSP, the Ohio County Coroner and the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Missing baby in Kentucky: 5 arrested, including parents, grandparents

I will miss Mya Tucker Ladd and her parents and grandparents. (Daviss County Jail and Ohio County Jail)

Children first Declared missing Kentucky State Police said Thursday they executed a search warrant and conducted a welfare check at the family’s home, but the baby was not there.

Police said the child had not been seen by any other family members since May.

The family home is in Reynolds Station, Kentucky, about 90 miles southwest of Louisville.

Miya Tucker

Police said Miya Tucker was last known to be in the care of her parents, Tesla Tucker (29) and Cage C. Ladd (30), but they were unable to find her when they tried to check on her. (Kentucky State Police)

The baby’s safety was discovered after the mother, Tesla Tucker, 29, and the father, Cage C. Ladd, 30, were arrested Wednesday at a motel in Owensboro with no information on the baby’s whereabouts.

My parents Large amounts of drugsA police spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the drugs included fentanyl.

Baby goes missing in Kentucky, parents arrested on drug charges at motel

“[We] “We have attempted to interview the parents, but they have not been very cooperative with our investigation,” Officer Corey King of the Kentucky State Police told Fox News Digital on Friday.

The two were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree (2 grams or more – methamphetamine), trafficking in illegal drugs, trafficking in marijuana, first degree child abuse, abandonment of a minor, engaging in organized crime and possession of paraphernalia.

A stack of blue fentanyl pills

A bundle of blue pills containing fentanyl seized at the border. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Mya’s grandfather, Ricky Smith, lived with the baby and her parents but is alleged to have been using the house as a base for drug trafficking and a variety of drugs were found during a search.

He is charged with drug offenses, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Mya’s grandmother, Billie J. Smith, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree domestic violence after police discovered she had an outstanding arrest warrant from October 2023 in Davis County. According to WFIE.

Timothy Roach

Timothy Roach was charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance and first-degree possession of a prescription controlled substance not in a proper container. (Daviss County Jail)

When police entered Smith’s home, they allegedly saw 37-year-old Timothy Roach throw unprescribed suboxone under Smith’s vehicle.

He was charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance and first-degree possession of a prescription controlled substance not in a proper container. WBKO coverage.

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Fox News’ Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.