BISMARCK, N.D. - Seven-month-old LeahMae Morsette was found on Tuesday afternoon after disappearing for almost 24 hours.
Below is a timeline of the events leading up to her reappearance, based on court documents and police statements.
Monday, June 24
1 a.m. – Baby and mother seen on surveillance video in the 300 block of West Arbor Avenue
4:52 p.m. – Baby seen on surveillance video with Cole Pfaff leaving the apartment on the 300 block of West Arbor Avenue
5 p.m. – Pfaff is spotted with LeahMae by a witness near Washington and Broadway
6 p.m. – Authorities are called for a welfare check, and LeahMae’s mother, Dawn, doesn’t know where the baby is
9 p.m. – LeahMae is declared missing by police, and Dawn is arrested on charges of child neglect and resisting arrest
Tuesday, June 25
9:30 a.m. – Police name Pfaff as a person of interest, say LeahMae may be in a stroller, or have a blue and silver diaper bag with her
12:45 p.m. – After spending all morning talking to neighbors, police and family members begin searching the trees and brush near the Dakota Zoo in Sertoma Park
1:30 p.m. – Authorities issue Amber Alert for LeahMae and Pfaff
3:30 p.m. – Police clear the Sertoma Park area
3:30 p.m. – Dawn Morsette has her first court appearance on child neglect and resisting arrest charges
4:15 p.m. – LeahMae is dropped off at Sanford emergency room by unidentified person. Sanford is a safe haven, meaning the baby can be left anonymously if she’s unharmed
4:30 p.m. – Police cancel the Amber Alert, saying LeahMae was found unharmed