BUTTE — State investigators have been called in to assist in the case of the missing Butte mom and her baby, who fled a local hospital just hours after birth last month.
Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell, who is the lead in the search, said the Division of Criminal Investigation has more reach than local authorities, so its people were asked to help look for Michelle Renee Yallup, 29, and her newborn boy, who is considered endangered.
Yallup was last seen at the Community Hospital of Anaconda on June 18. Both baby and mother tested positive for methamphetamine prior to the birth. State officials had been alerted. Police also have searched her family’s homes in Great Falls and Belt with no signs of the two.
Meg Hickey-Boynton, the vice president of human resources at the hospital, said they cannot discuss the case.
“Due to HIPAA and privacy issues and because this is an active investigation, we are prohibited from commenting at this time. We will comment at an appropriate time,” she wrote in a statement.
A judge has issued an arrest warrant for Yallup on a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child. The infant has dark eyes and hair and weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces at birth. Yallup has brown hair, is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds.
Anyone with information is urged to call Anaconda police at 406 563-5241.