The Great Smoky Mountain Journal
Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:49 PM
Newborn Found Safe After Couple Fled Nearly 300 Miles From Illinois To Florida
The newborn son of an Illinois couple who
fled to Florida during the mother’s pregnancy was found safe Monday
after a missing child alert was issued, officials said.
One-month-old Sage Cooper was found unharmed and his parents, David Cooper, 32, and Kaitlynn Lovel, 25, were both detained, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office said. Cooper was later arrested on outstanding warrants in Illinois, the sheriff’s office said. Lovel may still face charges.
The search for the infant started after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The baby was born in Tampa in March, but hadn’t been seen since Friday, according to the newspaper.
Cooper and Lovel may have bolted the
Tampa area with the baby after learning a Hillsborough County judge
signed a court order last week to place the baby into state custody,
sheriff’s spokesman Danny Alvarez said. Hillsborough County sheriff’s
deputies launched their search for the pair last week after learning the
couple had two other children taken from their custody, according to
Cooper was wanted in Illinois on
unrelated charges, including a drug charge and a failure to appear in
court over an ongoing domestic violence case, according to the Tampa Bay