Amber Alert canceled: Ashtabula County baby found safe in Pierpont basement


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ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio – An Amber Alert has been canceled after a 1-year-old boy from Ashtabula County was found safe, according to authorities.

One-year-old Ayden Barnard was found with his mother, Chasity Cass, this morning hiding in a basement of a home in Pierpont Township.

“They are both OK but taken to a hospital to be checked out,” said Ashtabula Sheriff Bill Johnson.  “We were searching all night and glad they are safe.”

The child’s 40-year-old uncle, Shawn Barnard, who was believed to be with them, has not yet been located, according to the sheriff.

The Amber Alert was issued last night for Ayden, who was believed to be with his mother and uncle.

A vehicle in connection with the Amber Alert was found in Pierpont Monday evening, but no one was inside.

The sheriff’s office made three arrests Monday night while searching for the baby. The suspects were in trailers where authorities were looking for the baby. They face drug-related charges.

Cass is expected to face charges but is still in the hospital.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department said Children Services has legal custody of Ayden.

He’d last been seen on Dec. 15.

Authorities said Shawn Barnard is a previous meth manufacturer and is thought to still be one.

Earlier Monday evening, authorities said Chasity Cass could have been headed to Atoka, Oklahoma, since she has family there.

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