The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a missing child alert for 7-month-old Penelope Hogarth, who may be with her mother, 21-year-old Elizabeth McCreery.
Police said McCreery’s boyfriend and the father of the girl is not being cooperative.
Investigators said they were called to a home on Lake Adelaid and Hermit’s Trail in Altamonte Springs on Tuesday after receiving reports of an infant being neglected, police said.
When they arrived, they discovered a grow house inside the family’s home, police said. A false wall in the master bedroom led to a grow operation where they found cannabis plants were up to 6 feet tall and “budding,” police said.
Police said they confiscated nearly a dozen marijuana plants.
David Hogarth, 46, was at the home and has been charged with marijuana possession with intent to sell, neglect of a child without great bodily harm, possession of a controlled substance and drug equipment possession, police said.
Penelope and McCreery were nowhere to be found. They are considered missing and endangered, police said.
Police said they searched by boat Wednesday behind the house in Lake Adelaide with a side sonar but found nothing.
Neighbors said they often see McCreery and the baby walking up and down the street, but they haven’t seen them for five days.
Police said Child Protective Services visited the home on May 5 because the baby has not received medical care and might be malnourished.
Police are asking McCreery to give them a call and let them know she and the child are OK.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of McReery and her child, contact the Altamonte Springs Police Department at 407-339-2441 or call 911.