1-day-old girl found safe, police still looking for mother


Cynthia Sandoval, left, is accused of taking her 1-day-old baby, Leah Sandoval, from an Alamosa hospital Monday. / Photos courtesy Colorado Bureau of Investigation

BLANCA, Colo. — A 1-day-old girl who was the subject of an Endangered Missing alert Tuesday morning has been found safe, but police are still looking for her mother.

Police said the girl, Leah Sandoval, was born at home Sunday night or Monday morning. Because her mother, Cynthia Sandoval, was a known narcotics user, several welfare checks were requested, according to police. When social services employees arrived in Blanca to check on the baby, they requested the mother take her to the hospital in Alamosa, according to police.

The mother took the baby to the hospital Monday, but as soon as they arrived, she evaded social services and took off with the child, according to police.

Police sent out an alert Monday evening asking the public to be on the lookout for the mother and baby.

Police said an unidentified man brought Leah to the hospital Tuesday morning. She is being checked by medical staff.

Anyone with information on Cynthia’s whereabouts is asked to call Blanca police at 719-379-3810.

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