Missing 11-Month-Old Indiana Girl Found Dead in Woods as Parents, Caretaker Arrested

Police say Mercedes Lain was found Wednesday night after 9 p.m.

Mercedes Lain
Mercedes Lain. Photo: FBI Indianapolis

The body of 11-month-old Mercedes Lain was found late Wednesday night, according to authorities in Indiana — just days after the little girl was reported missing.

The heartbreaking news was delivered Thursday morning during a press conference on the case.

Police in Plymouth, Ind., have arrested Mercedes' parents as well as the last person who was seen with her, according to a police statement.

Officials confirm that Kenneth Lain, 41, and Tiffany Coburn, 32, have both been charged with neglect of a dependent. They are in police custody.

Justin Miller, 37, is also charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

According to investigators, Miller is a family friend and had been asked to care for Mercedes for a few days, officials said at a press conference.

Authorities said her remains were recovered from a wooded area in Starke County.

The little girl was reported missing Sunday. At this point, investigators are not revealing how the baby died.

A reward of up to $1,000 was being offered for information leading to her whereabouts.

Police had said Mercedes was last seen at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday in Mishawaka, Ind. At the time, she was dressed in a white onesie with pink trim.

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The FBI's Indianapolis office had joined the search for the little girl.

It was unclear Thursday if any of the three defendants had entered pleas to the charges they face, or had lawyers to comment on their behalf.

Anyone with information pertinent to this case is asked to contact the Plymouth Police Department at (574) 936-2126.

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