Deputy describes finding lost baby in soybean field

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A Champaign County sheriff’s deputy says the sound made by a missing 6-month-old baby when she was found in rural eastern Illinois soybean field was like “a kitten meow.”

Deputy Chad Beasley was searching after dark with in a rain-soaked field. He and other searchers saw fresh coyote tracks, so they were fearful of what they might find.

He says when he spotted the baby “she started immediately crying” — a good sign. She was lying face down in the mud, but was able to lift her head.

Beasley shared his story of the search with reporters on Friday.

The girl was found early Friday after being missing more than 15 hours. She was taken from her home by her father after an argument with the girl’s mother.