9-month-old missing 2 weeks in Utica, N.Y.

10:06 PM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
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By Leigh Isaacson

UTICA, N.Y. (WSYR/CNN) - A massive search is underway in northern New York for a missing baby.

Police say the child disappeared two weeks ago, but the baby's father just recently reported the baby missing.

It's a story that's created nothing but questions for neighbors and investigators.

"I would have called like right then and there oh my God, waiting two weeks to call in a missing baby that's not ok," said neighbor Brittany Moselle.

Though the story is questionable to these new parents they're not taking any chances.

"We're definitely moving off this side of town now," she said.

And neither are Utica police, working with three state canine units searching around every house in the neighborhood, sniffing through the community garden across the street, hoping for the best through prepared for the worst because time is not on their side.

"Two weeks, that's the thing. So whenever you're talking about time in police work, and locating people, the further out you get from when it occurred the harder it is," said Sgt. Steve Hauck.

The first priority: finding the baby. Part of that is verifying the father's story by talking with witnesses and neighbors. Many are feeling the same uneasiness about the story as police.

"I don't see how anyone could have their child missing for two weeks and not reach out to police or reach out to family so I don't think there's any good reason for that- and I don't see how anyone could explain that away. So that obviously makes me very concerned," said neighbor Kenneth Kistner.


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