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Missing 'Baby Abby' found alive

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UNION, Missouri (CNN) -- An 11-day-old baby missing since a knife attack on her mother Friday was found alive Tuesday, said Gina Petzold, a spokeswoman for the girl's family.

Investigators had been searching for Abigale "Abby" Lynn Woods since her mother, 21-year-old Stephanie Ochsenbine, turned up at a neighbor's home with a cut throat and several stab wounds, claiming someone had stolen the baby.

Details of the infant's recovery were not immediately available. The child was reported to be in good condition at a hospital. Petzold said the baby's relatives were told a female suspect was in custody in connection with the alleged abduction.

Earlier Tuesday, Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke told reporters the child's father, James Woods, had taken a polygraph examination and passed.

Ochsenbine, he said, had also offered to take a polygraph once her wounds healed enough for the polygraph equipment to be used. When she was taken to the hospital after the incident, a doctor told authorities her wounds were consistent with her account of what happened, Toelke said.

Ochsenbine, 21, who lives in Lonedell, Missouri, about 45 miles southwest of St. Louis, told police a female stranger knocked on her door about midday Friday, asked to use the phone and, once inside, attacked her and took her baby. Her year-old son, Connor, was also in the home at the time, but was unharmed.

Missouri police released a composite sketch of an unidentified female suspect Monday, along with a photo of a black fringed scarf that the suspect may have had in her possession at the time of the attack.

The garment was found in a wooded area near the home of the Ochsenbine, who told police that her attacker had a dark scarf.

"We're hoping that somebody who's seen it before might give us a call," Toelke told reporters at a news conference Monday night.

Investigators have been searching for Woods since Friday, when her mother turned up at a neighbor's house with a cut throat and several stab wounds, saying, "Someone stole my baby."

A bloodied knife that may have been used in the attack was found in the woods near her home by National Guard troops brought in to search for the missing child.

Ochsenbine's year-old son, Connor, was in the home at the time but was not harmed.

Tips from four states

The suspect is described as a white female, between 30 and 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds. Her dark or black hair was pulled under a baseball cap with a worn bill, and she was wearing a gray or brown T-shirt and blue jean shorts. She appeared to have a mustache.

Toelke said Ochsenbine was "with the suspect for a substantial period of time and was able to give us a good description," although she didn't see the suspect's vehicle. The mother told police that she believes she managed to stab the suspect in the leg as they struggled, the sheriff said.

FBI Special Agent Roland Corvington said investigators have received more than 300 calls from people with information on the case, including tips from Texas, Minnesota, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Toelke said "the phones have been ringing off the wall, which is good."

The baby's mother and father have been cooperative with investigators, Corvington said. He refused to comment when asked whether the mother's wounds appeared to be consistent with a knife attack by an intruder.

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Abigale Lynn Woods was found alive five days after she was reported as missing.



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