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Missing, endangered child from Newburyport found safe in Springfield

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Anyone with information is asked to contact  the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411 or dial 911. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411 or dial 911.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Authorities say that a four month old boy who was taken from a Newburyport facility by his mother has been found safe.

Mass. State Police said that four month old Jacob Van Voorhis has been turned over to the state's Department of Children and Families in Springfield by a member of Shantel Van Voorhis' family.  They added that the baby is unharmed.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, a Honda CRV sought in connection with the case was found at a Springfield address associated with Shantel's family

State Police said that early Monday morning, Shantel - the boy's mother - left DARE Family Services in Newburyport with Jacob.

Jacob is in the legal custody of DCF.  State Police noted that Shantel is allowed to reside with the baby while at the DARE facility.

"Shantel left without Jacob’s antibiotic for an ear infection, and he is on special soy formula. It is unknown if the child is in a baby seat and she left his diaper bag behind," State Police added.

Investigators are still searching for Shantel Van Voorhis, who is 5'9" tall and weighs about 180 pounds.  She has long, curly brown hair and hazel eyes.  She has ties to Holyoke and Springfield and may be in the company of Jonathan Heredia.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Newburyport Police at (978) 462-4411 immediately.

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