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Norwalk Police: Public Helped Find Baby

NORWALK, Conn. – Tips from Norwalkers led Norwalk Police to find a missing Norwalk mother and her unharmed baby at a Norwalk hotel late Thursday, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. No charges were filed since no laws were broken.

Kelley Acevedo, 33, and her 7-month-old daughter were found in the Eco-Lodge at 469 Westport Ave. at 11:30 p.m. They had been declared missing Thursday morning after Acevedo failed to return to a New Haven drug rehabilitation facility where she has been staying with the baby for several months. She had come to Norwalk by train for a court appearance.

Police issued a Silver Alert. There were many tips, Cotto said, adding, "People knew her here in town, that's why we got a lot of help."

Acevedo allowed police in to her hotel room without incident, Cotto said. Police did not find any drugs in the room and the baby was taken to police headquarters. The Department of Children and Families has legal custody of the baby, and she is now in their care.

There were no charges as Acevedo "was just a missing person," Cotto said. Police don't "have any indication that she is mentally unstable."

A Silver Alert is generally used for missing senior citizens, while an Amber Alert is used in serious cases of child abduction. Police had no indication that the child was in jeopardy, so they went with the Silver Alert. "It was sort of an in-between thing," Cotto said. "We thought a SilverAlert might be the safest thing to do."

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