MURRAY, UTAH (ABC 4 UTAH) - UPDATE: Missing 1-year-old child was found safe with his mother in Spokane. There is now an active felony warrant out for Marks for custodial interference. Authorities in Washington are waiting for legal custody paperwork to be cleared through Utah courts before an arrest his made.
The search is on for a 15-month-old Giovanni Marks after his 19-year-old mother, Lady Ashley Marks took him.
Murray Police told ABC 4 Utah they believe the mother is on her way to Spokane, Washington and that she does not have custody of the child. They say, as of Tuesday morning there has been no sighting of the two of them and they have no vehicle description.
Police say the child is considered missing and endangered and that the mother took off with him during a visitation at the father’s family home near 1400 East and 6000 South. They say the grandmother was home at the time.
"She left the area of the home or the floor I don’t know exactly what area and then when she returned the mother and the child were gone,” said Officer Kenny Bass with the Murray City Police Department.
Now, with a warrant for her arrest for custodial interference, investigators believe the mother is headed to Spokane Washington and they are working with outside agencies along the way to try and track her down.
"We’re currently coordinating with Spokane City Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's office in locating both of them,” said Officer Bass.
Neighbors tell ABC 4 Utah they don't know the mother but say the grandparents care for the child and their hearts go out to them during this difficult situation.
"Anytime a child is missing everybody is freaked out and afraid and wants to get the baby back, said Mitch Beckstead, the Grandparents neighbor.
Police have not confirmed if the father lives at the home where Giovanni lives with his grandparents, but they do say there is a lot of history with the custody of this child including a court order against the mother. Police say their primary concern is to get Giovanni back home safely.