The mother was taken to hospital after being found with her lifeless three-month-old.
A mother faces charges after she went missing with her infant daughter who was later found dead, according to officials.
Rachel McAfee, 36, was struggling with postpartum depression and alcoholism when she disappeared Monday with Emma, her 3-month-old daughter, from their home in Indianapolis, news station WXIN reported .
McAfee’s family said she left her home around 7am to drop the baby off with relatives then go to work for a meeting. When she didn’t show, her husband filed a missing persons report, according to WXIN.
'The day I almost destroyed myself'
A neighbour spotted McAfee’s car on Tuesday afternoon and notified authorities, officials said.
Stigma surrounding postnatal depression is breaking down
The Gidget Foundation CEO Arabella Gibson says the stigma surrounding postnatal depression is gradually breaking down as new parents open up about the debilitating condition. Ms Gibson has told Sky News postnatal depression is so common it affects one in five Australian women and one in 10 men. The mother of twins says it is vital parents are equipped with the skills and coping mechanisms to identify and treat the debilitating illness.
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Her drinking was "out of control"
Responding paramedics arrived at the scene and found the three-month-old dead inside the vehicle. The mum was suffering from “cold-related injuries” and brought to a local hospital, where she remained Wednesday night, according to the Indianapolis Star .
No cause of death was released for the baby, but officials ordered an autopsy.
McAfee has now been charged with neglect of a dependent causing death.
McAfee’s husband said she was suffering from mental health issues when she disappeared with their daughter.
“She’s drank since I’ve known her, but it’s gotten out of control the last couple of years,” John McAfee told WXIN. “That’s kind of when all this started spiralling.”
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This article was originally published by the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.