Venessa Morales search: Amber Alert issued for missing Connecticut toddler after mom found dead

Toddler missing after mom found dead in home, police say

ANSONIA, Ct. — A search is underway for a missing Connecticut toddler after authorities found the girl's mother dead Monday evening, multiple news outlets are reporting.

Here are the latest updates:

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Update 1:50 a.m. EST Dec. 5: Authorities on Wednesday issued an Amber Alert for 1-year-old Venessa Morales of Ansonia. If you know where she may be, call Ansonia police at 203-735-1885 or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-225-5324.

Any person with information on the whereabouts of Venessa Morales is asked to contact Ansonia Police Department at 203-735-1885 or the FBI at 1-800-225-5324

Posted by Connecticut AMBER Alert on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Original report: According to the Connecticut Post, Ansonia police discovered the body of the woman, whose name has not been released, while conducting a welfare check at the pair's Myrtle Avenue home about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Investigators believe the death was a homicide, the newspaper reported.

Officers could not find Venessa. In a Tuesday news release, the Ansonia Police Department said the girl, who hasn't been seen since Friday, "may be endangered."

Authorities said Venessa has brown hair and eyes, stands 2 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 17 pounds.

PRESS RELEASE The Ansonia Police Department is attempting to locate a missing one-year old child, Venessa Morales, who...

Posted by Ansonia Police Department on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

WFSB-TV reported Tuesday that Venessa's father, who did not live with the mother and daughter but sometimes stayed with them, has been cooperative. Officials have not released his name.

Police, who have teamed up with investigators from state and federal agencies, have not yet named any suspects, the Post reported.

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