Mother arrested after 3-month-old baby found dead


An Indianapolis mother has been arrested after her three-month-old baby was found dead.

Rachel McAfee, 36,  faces a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent causing death.

Her baby, Emma McAfee, was found dead by police late Monday.

Rachel and Emma had been reported missing on Monday.

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, they were found in the 2600 block of Stanford Court.

Rachel had been found alive with the baby, Emma, in her car on Stanford Court. A neighbor in the area had reported the car to police.

Police did not discuss how the woman ended up in the northwest-side neighborhood, but said family members live nearby.

Emma was pronounced dead on the scene. She was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital with what police describe as cold weather injuries.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept. says Emma’s autopsy will be completed on Wednesday.

John McAfee, husband to Rachel and father of Emma, said his wife never showed up at his parents’ house to drop off Emma Monday, and did not show up at an 11 a.m. meeting. 

At the time, Mr. McAfee said he didn’t know why his wife left. He said she never threatened to leave before although she had threatened to harm herself in the past.

“Just want my family home,” he said. “I’m just extremely stressed. It’s hard to find words.”

IMPD said its investigation will include looking at McAfee’s alcoholism and post-partum depression. She had been described as suicidal. 

A mugshot for McAfee has not yet been provided.

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