Missing Anaconda Woman and Newborn Baby Found Safe in Utah – Woman in Custody [AUDIO]
Agents with the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation have located Michelle Yallup and her infant son in Utah. Both had been missing from Anaconda for approximately one month.
Spokesman for the Montana Attorney General's office, John Barnes said the woman disappeared from an Anaconda hospital just hours after her baby was born.
"On June 17, Michelle Yallup went to the Community Hospital of Anaconda, where staff discovered her to be in labor and about to deliver a baby. During the hospital intake process, staff determined that Ms. Yallup had no pre-natal care and was possibly on drugs when she entered the facility," Barnes said. "The baby was delivered at 6:15 p. m., and Ms. Yallup indicated she wanted to leave. Hospital staff informed her that she could leave against medical advice if she chose, but that she could not leave with the baby. Ms. Yallup took her baby son for a walk in the hospital hallway later that evening, and while doing so, she left the hospital and entered a waiting vehicle. She was not seen afterward. On June 18, the Montana Department of Justice issued a Missing and Endangered Person Advisory."
Barnes said sources tracked Yallup to Utah.
"On July 21, DCI agents received further information regarding Ms. Yallup’s last location, which was a truck stop in Willard, Utah," he said. "This information was relayed to authorities in Utah, who upon arriving at the truck stop noticed an orange motor home bearing a Montana plate parked in the lot. Authorities approached the motor home and found both Ms. Yallup and the baby. Ms. Yallup was arrested on felony warrants for endangering the welfare of a child and forgery. Medical personnel transported the baby to the hospital, where the baby is being evaluated. The Utah Department of Family Services will take custody of the baby."
The Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Attorney’s Office will handle Ms. Yallup’s prosecution.