A woman brutally attacked Stephanie Ochsenbine in her own home, snatching her precious week-old baby girl, Abigale Lynn Woods. Now, the family is desperately searching for answers, plastering fliers all over the neighboring Union area.
Little “Abby” is a beautiful baby with dark brown hair, dark eyes, and a strawberry birthmark on her forehead. She weighs only 6lbs and was born on September 8th.
Despite numerous tips pouring in, the authorities are still on the hunt for the heartless attacker. Sheriff Gary Toelke admitted that they have a lot of information, but nothing substantial to lead them to the suspect.
The terrifying incident unfolded when the perpetrator entered the Ochsenbine’s home, posing as someone in need of using their telephone. With Abby’s father, James Woods, away at work, a violent struggle ensued after the woman revealed her chilling intention to take the child. Stephanie Ochsenbine was viciously stabbed and her throat was slashed, leaving her in critical condition.
Miraculously, Stephanie’s one-year-old son, Connor, escaped unscathed. Stephanie, however, passed out from her injuries, and it remains a mystery how long she remained unconscious.
Finally awakening, Stephanie bravely picked up Connor and sought help, knocking on two empty houses before finding assistance at neighbor Pat Bearden’s home. Covered in blood, she uttered the chilling words, “Somebody stole my baby,” breaking the hearts of all who heard her plea.
Authorities suspect that the abductor may be someone who recently experienced a child’s death or someone unable to conceive. This individual may have posed as pregnant to cover their lies and desperately sought to steal a child to maintain the deception.
FBI agent Roland Corvington revealed that hospitals have historically been targeted by these types of criminals, adding another layer of urgency to the investigation.
As the search for Abby intensifies, it is crucial not to lose hope. Historically, the vast majority of nonfamily infant abductions have ended with the safe recovery of the babies within a 25-mile radius. This gives the family, the community, and the authorities the belief that Abby will be found soon.