San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: April 2, 2016 7:26 PM*UPDATE** CHILD LOCATED 

INCIDENT: CRITICAL MISSING INFANT, MOTHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

LOCATION: SEQUOIA/LOCUST, CITY OF HESPERIA

SUSPECT: TINA BAXTER, AGE 42, HIGH DESERT TRANSIENT 

Summary

On April 2, 2016 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Sheriff’s dispatch received a call from a male subject that he believed he had the baby that deputies were searching for. Deputies made contact with the 30 year old male at a residence near Sequoia and Locust in Hesperia, and took possession of Ashlynn. The male stated he met Tina Baxter on Friday, April 1st and she was homeless and had no place to stay with her baby. The male allowed her to stay with him Friday night and on Saturday morning Baxter asked him to keep her baby for a couple of days. The male believed he was doing the right thing and kept the baby at a friend’s house. On Sunday morning the male was contacted by a friend and told that police were looking for the baby and he immediately called law enforcement. The male has no previous relationship with Baxter. He was released following his interview 

  
Ashlynn was evaluated by medical personnel and found to be in good health, She was later released to Children and Family Services. 

  
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call Detective Rios at 760-947-1526.
  
SUMMARY:
On Saturday, April 2, 2016 at approximately 7:26 p.m., Deputies of the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a report of a missing infant. The reporting party stated that Tina Baxter’s 2 month old infant was missing and could not be accounted for.
  
Through investigation, it was learned that the infant was seen at the Days and Nights Inn on Bear Valley Road earlier that day. However, Hesperia deputies and detectives have made contact with family, friends and acquaintances of Tina Baxter without any leads on the whereabouts of Ashlynn Thomas, the missing infant. Tina Baxter was arrested and booked at HDDC on charges of PC-273a(a)- child endangerment.
  
Hesperia Station is asking for the public’s help in locating Ashlynn Thomas. Ashlynn was last seen wearing a pink and white, one piece pajama sleeper, with a black jacket that has multi colored stars on it. Ashlynn has a dark hairy birthmark on her right forearm and a dark birthmark on the bottom of her left foot.
  
Sheriff’s personnel have been actively searching for Ashlynn throughout the night. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call Sheriff’s Dispatch at 760-956-5001 or Detective Rios at 760-947-1526 or 760-559-7921.
  
Refer: Karen Hunt, Media Relations
Station: Hesperia
Phone No. 760-947-1549
Case No.191602347 

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700