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Update: MS Officials Investigating Death of Infant Whose Parents Fled

Update: MS Officials Investigating Death of Infant Whose Parents Fled

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Maliah Harris Maliah Harris
Donald Harris Donald Harris
Allison Kaye Studdard Allison Kaye Studdard

Mississippi authorities say it could be weeks before they know what caused the death of 7-month-old Alyssa Harris, whose parents fled to Georgia after the grandfather called emergency workers to try to help the unresponsive baby.

Police captured the parents - 34-year-old Donald Boyd Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard - early Thursday in Sylvester, Ga., about 170 miles south of Atlanta.

Authorities say Harris and Studdard are being held on felony drug warrants, and deputies are heading Friday to Georgia to bring them back to Mississippi.

Mississippi issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday for the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Maliah Harris, after Donald Harris and Studdard fled with her. She was with them and unharmed when they were captured. Authorities released Maliah to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.


An overnight Amber Alert for a Mississippi toddler has ended with the child's safe recovery in south Georgia.
Investigators say Maliah was taken by her parents, 34-year-old Donald Boyd Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard, early Wednesday after her 7-month old sister was found dead at the family home.

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A  Mississippi infant is dead and authorities are searching for her 2-year-old sister who was abducted Wednesday morning in Mississippi.

Maliah Harris, 2 , disappeared with her parents after her 7-month-old sister, Alyssa Harris, was found dead, said
Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley.
There were no visible signs of injury to the infant, but an autopsy is being conducted, according to County Coroner Greg Merchant.

The children's grandfather discovered Alyssa's body about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and called 911 when he noticed that the parents,
Donald Boyd Harris and Allison Kaye Studdard,  had left with his other 2-year-old granddaughter Maliah Harris, said Chief Deputy Miley.

The missing toddler and her parents were last seen in Caledonia, but Mississippi investigators believe the may be headed east toward Georgia.

The car the three are believed to be traveling in is a 2002 brown or black Pontiac Aztek with Georgia license plate PGR7927, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Maliah Harris is a white female with blonde hair and is believed to be in extreme danger.

Suspect Descriptions:

Donald Boyd Harris

Age now: 34 years-old

Sex: Male

Skin: White

Hair: Dark

Eyes: Blue

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Weight: 201 pounds

Description: Donald's date of birth is 12/21/1979

Allison Kaye Studdard

Age now: 31 years-old

Sex: Female

Skin: White

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 105 pounds

Description: Allison's date of birth is 02/03/1983

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Maliah Harris please contact 911 or the Mississippi Highway Patrol at 855-642-5378.

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