Mom dropped endangered baby off at grandma's house

3:31 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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  • Aaron Bunch
  • Ashley Leach
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An East Tennessee infant is safe, but her mother is still on the run, after an endangered child alert was issued early Wednesday morning.

Two-month-old Autumn Lee Bunch hadn't been seen since Monday and was believed to be with her parents.

Authorities canceled the alert after the child's mother, 19-year-old Ashley Leach, took the child to her grandmother's home and called the Department of Children's Services to let them know.

The baby is now in DCS custody.  Leach remains on the run.
There is an outstanding warrant for her arrest on an unrelated charge.

Authorities say Leach and the child's father, Aaron Bunch, both have a history of drug abuse.



According to the TBI, an endangered child alert for a two-month old baby from Tazewell has been cancelled.

No further details were released.

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An East Tennessee Endangered Child Alert has been issued by the Tazewell Police Department for a two-month-old baby believed to be with her parents.

Autumn Lee Bunch is a 12 pound white female. She was last seen wearing a blue zip long-sleeve footie pajama sleeper.

Tazewell police say both parents have a history of drug abuse, and there is a warrant on file for the mother.

Autumn's mother, Ashley Leach, is a 19-year-old white female, weighing 135 pounds and is 5'9" tall. Her father, Aaron Bunch, is a 23-year-old white male, 145 pounds and 5'10" tall.

Direction of travel and vehicle are currently unknown.

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