Lakeland, Florida - They are being called heroes after rescuing a 4-month-old baby girl. Lakeland police officers arrived just in time on a cold winter night to find little Ta'kera Gilbert after a massive search.
"We wanted a happy ending, and this was a happy ending," said Lakeland Sgt. Gary Gross.
The child was reported missing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement just after 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Police say the Department of Children and Families did a welfare check on the troubled family earlier in the day, and no one was found.
"They didn't know if the mother had moved or wasn't home. We thought she may have gone to Tampa. That's when we got involved," said Sgt. Gross.
Police searched everywhere for the child, including hospitals, businesses, and homes. They finally found her at a Lakeland home. She was unharmed.
Lakeland police say DCF received a court order Wednesday to take custody of the child due to concerns about her mother's, Lisa Buckowski's, current mental state and concerns that she wasn't taking her medication.
Officials said baby Ta'kera was with 26-year-old Buckowski and 24-year-old Brandon Gilbert.
Officers feared for the baby's safety.
Now the child is with DCF, the family is receiving counseling, and no criminal charges will be filed.
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