Police in Tennessee say a 15-month-old toddler managed to live for nearly a week on her own after her grandmother passed away inside the house. USA Today reports the toddler had no food or water and was dehydrated when she was found.
The baby’s mother, Tracy Ineichen, is in jail at the Blount County Detention Center and did not have regular access to her family. When she hadn’t heard from her mom, according to the report, she asked her boyfriend Anthony Waldo to stop by the house. That’s when the child and the deceased grandmother were both discovered, as well as seven dogs running loose around the house.
Waldo says he first saw the little girl in her crib, reaching up with outstretched arms. He had a hard time opening the bathroom door, though, and thought he spotted an arm or a leg through the crack. That’s when he called police. When officers arrived, they found the body of Annette Ineichen on the other side of the door.
WBIR says the toddler was weak and had swollen lips. She also smelled of urine.
USA Today says the grandmother, Annette Ineichen, most likely died of natural causes and there don’t appear to be any signs of foul play.
It’s possible she may have been dead for seven days.
The little girl was taken to the hospital, where she was evaluated. Waldo says he’s spent time at that hospital with the toddler and she is now able to stand on her own. She is also said to be smiling and laughing during one visit.
At this time, the baby is currently in the custody of the state of Tennessee.