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Baby missing from Hooper Road area found alive

Police spend countless hours training to find missing people, and that was on full display Wednesday, March 16 in the search for Baby Niguel.
Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 10:25 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2022 at 6:02 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A baby who went missing from the Hooper Road area has been found alive, police said.

The baby does not have any obvious signs of trauma and is currently being evaluated at an area hospital, a spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Fire Department told WAFB. The baby’s name is Niguel Jackson, according to a family member.

Police tell WAFB there are no charges pending against the baby’s mother at this time. The case remains under investigation.

Niguel Jackson
Niguel Jackson(Angel Hawkins - Family Member)
The baby missing from the Hooper Road area has been found alive.

Authorities said the mother was taken to the search area and assisted first responders in locating the missing 8-month-old infant.

“We were able to bring the mother to the scene, city police took the mother, the mother showed them an area on plank road near a church,” Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.

The baby was found near the Saintsville COGIC on Plank Road, according to officials.

“He is so amazing...so sweet and kind,” Niguel’s “Nana” told WAFB.

“The medics jumped on him and started treating him right away and... I think he’s gonna be fine. You know, it’s still in a dangerous area but still think that it’s just a miracle basically to see the condition he was in. I did not expect that at all,” Mike Chutz with East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services (EMS) said.

The Baton Rouge police and fire departments and EMS launched the search for the infant in the 8200 block of Cypress Road earlier Wednesday morning after learning the infant had been left alone.

The baby does not have any obvious signs of trauma and is being evaluated at an area hospital, BRPD said.

A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the child’s mother went to a fire station on Tuesday, March 15, and had to be taken to the hospital.

Thomas Woods Fire Station No. 14 on Harding Boulevard
Thomas Woods Fire Station No. 14 on Harding Boulevard(WAFB)

While the woman was being treated she mentioned the baby, who was not with her when she went to the fire station, authorities say. Family members told investigators the woman had the baby with her when she left her home to go to the fire station on Tuesday, according to the fire department.

Authorities search for an abandoned infant in the area of Harding Boulevard and Plank Road in...
Authorities search for an abandoned infant in the area of Harding Boulevard and Plank Road in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.(WAFB)

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome issued the following statement:

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