CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - Police continue to search for a missing baby girl, abducted by her mother during a visit supervised by the state’s child welfare agency.
Three-month-old Royalty Wolf went missing Monday during a visit with her biological mother, Mikequera Randolph, supervised by a worker from the Department of Children and Family Services, police said. Randolph does not have custody, and police believed the baby could be in danger.
In a Tuesday interview with Fox 32 News, Barbara Randolph, Mikequera Randolph’s mother, said the supervised visit happened in her Lawndale home. When the baby began to cough, she said the DCFS worker instructed Randolph to take the baby to the hallway of the apartment building to get fresh air.
Barbara Randolph said when the worker went to check them, both were gone.
The worker had been watching a movie on her cell phone, Barbara Randolph said.
Sunday afternoon, family and well-wishers gathered in Evergreen Park to release balloons and speak with news media amid reports Randolph and Royalty had been seen in the area.
A Chicago Police source said such reports could not be confirmed.
A Facebook page that family confirmed belonged to Mikequera Randolph, in the days after the disappearance, posted twice about the situation.
In one, dated May 15, the date of the abduction, the post reads “Happy Mothers Day 2 [sic] me.”
Mikequera Randolph’s aunt - Royalty Randolph’s great-aunt - called the situation “depressing and stressful.”
“Mikequera does love her daughter, that's true enough. You have to do things the right way,” said Debbie House.
Chicago community activist Andrew Holmes said a $1,500 reward was being offered for the “safe recovery” of both Royalty and her mother.
“We're just hoping that (Mikequera) can turn her in,” House said.
House encouraged Mikequera to have “a family member, a friend, or anybody” take the baby to a fire station, hospital, or church.
House said she believes Royalty is healthy, but that she suffers from a chronic cough and needs to be given medical care.
Police encouraged anyone with information to contact detectives or to call 911 if either the baby or her mother are seen.