Missing 2-month-old found; mother in custody

Police are searching for Kayla Simpson, 27, after they say she left a facility with her 2-month-old daughter against court orders.
Published: Mar. 14, 2023 at 10:08 AM EDT
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UPDATE 3/14/23 @ 7:25 p.m.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) - A missing 2-month-old girl has been located, and her mother is in custody on warrants in connection with the case, the Ashland Police Department said Tuesday night.

Kayla Simpson, 27, of Pike County, Kentucky, left a facility with her daughter, Mylee, against court orders, according to investigators.

Police say the child is safe.

Simpson is being held at the Pike County Detention Center. Officials say she will be transported to Boyd County to be arraigned.

She is being held on a $5,000 cash-only bond.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest.

UPDATE 3/14/23 @ 5:40 p.m.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) - Police are searching for Kayla Simpson, 27, after they say she left a facility with her 2-month-old daughter against court orders.

Police say Simpson is about 5 feet 2, with black hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a royal blue shirt with blue jeans and had a lip piercing.

Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley says Simpson has a warrant out for her arrest on custodial interference and wanton endangerment charges.

Kelley says the Pike County (Kentucky) Circuit Court placed Simpson and her child in an Ashland facility with the indication that they were not to leave.

“Basically she’s taken it upon herself to take possession of the child and leave the facility against court orders,” Kelley said.

The department also said the child was receiving medical care at this facility

“Of course we want to get that child back into the care of those who have been medically caring for her ... this is about the child and the welfare first,” Kelley said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Ashland Police department by calling 606-385-3273.


ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – The Ashland Police Department announced on Tuesday they are searching for a woman and a missing 2-month-old.

The department says warrants are out for the arrest of Kayla Simpson, 27, on charges of custodial interference and wanton endangerment.

According to Ashland Police, Simpson and the 2-month-old, Mylee, are from Pike County, Kentucky and walked away from a facility in the 2200 block of Central Avenue around 11:15 p.m. Monday.

Simpson was last seen wearing blue jeans and a royal blue shirt with a pierced left upper lip, officers say.

Officials report a light-colored pick-up truck was seen leaving the facility around the same time and was last seen travelling the wrong way on Central Ave.

Further information has not been released.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.