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Back Story: A baby in the long grass 

Three-week-old Mia Graci Thompson was found crying in this patch of tall grass in rural Stark County, Ill., nearly 11 hours after being reported missing by her mother, 19-year-old Kendra E. Meaker. "Well the first time it cried, we wasn't sure if we heard it," said Russel Van Dran, 68, of Toulon, Ill., who found Mia while searching ditches and culverts with his wife. "We both said, 'Did you hear that?' We shut the truck off and then it cried again." Meaker had told police someone had abducted Mia from her car while it was parked outside a post office. The Van Drans helped local sheriff, police and fire departments locate the baby after investigators began to suspect that Meaker was lying about the abduction. She has since been charged with child endangerment and obstruction of justice.

Image credit: Photo by D.L. Anderson

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