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Mother of missing child says she handed baby over to stranger

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A woman admitted to Memphis Police she gave her missing 10-month-old baby girl to a total stranger.

Police issued a city watch alert for Lauryn Dickens Friday as they tried to determine if the mother's story was true.

Dickens' mother claimed she handed the child over to a stranger 10 days ago at her apartment in Raleigh.  She told the woman who took the baby told her she was a friend of the baby's father.

Investigators determined the baby's father is actually in jail.  He denied knowing anything about his daughter's disappearance.

Neighbors said they have not heard anything from the mother and wondered why she waited so long to call police.

"I would be going crazy right about now if that was my kid," said neighbor Nija Scott.  "And I would have been put out from the get go, especially if I didn't know this woman.  I would be hysterical."

The child's mother did not answer her door after an initial conversation.

Police have not issued an AMBER Alert, presumably because the mother handed over the baby.  She claims the woman who took Lauryn Dickens was in her 40s with gray hair and glasses.

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