GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Four-month-old Khalieyah Pitts has been found safe.
Greenfield Police Sergeant Todd Dodge told 22News around 10:00 A.M. Saturday morning, the baby’s mother, 24-year-old Tabitha Rantanen, walked into the police station with the baby. Rantanen was very upset because she knew she would have to at least temporarily turn her newborn over to the Department of Children and Families.
Sgt. Dodge said they believe Rantanen was staying temporarily with family in Greenfield when they heard of the missing baby in the news. He said the family was encouraging Rantanen to turn herself in, rather than make the case worse by running away to Florida, as she was allegedly planning to do in the next few days.
Saturday morning, Rantanen stayed with her baby at the police station as they were processed. Rantanen is charged fugitive from justice out of New Hampshire.
Sgt. Dodge told 22News the mother lost a baby recently and seemed to have a close connection with her newborn, as most mothers do. He said eventually, the plan is for the mother and baby to return to Portsmouth, NH. That’s where the mother is expected to have her day in court and the baby to be taken into NH DCYF.