Police continue to look for a Butte woman who fled a hospital Wednesday after giving birth to a son while on methamphetamine.
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Michelle Renee Yallup, 29, on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Yallup was last seen at the Anaconda hospital at just about midnight Wednesday.
No leads on the whereabouts of Yallup or the child have surfaced. Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said police searched her family’s homes in Great Falls and Belt with no signs of the two.
The baby is considered missing and endangered and Yallup a person of interest. Information on the disappearance has been sent statewide.
Yallup is brunette, 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds. Her baby has dark hair and eyes and weighs six pounds, 15 ounces.
Anyone with information is urged to call Anaconda police at (406) 563-5241.
Hospital staff alerted police after Yallup, who gave her sister’s name, left the hospital with her baby against medical orders. Barkell said Yallup tested positive for meth when at the hospital. Staff contacted Child Protective Services as well.
Barkell said Yallup was allowed to walk down the hall with her baby, who was born Tuesday, and then left the hospital.
A description of the suspect vehicle was put out to authorities in the area. Butte police found the vehicle on Johns Avenue at about 12:40 a.m. Her sister, Megan Lynn Runstrom, was inside, but not the mother and child. After finding a shotgun in the car, police arrested Runstrom on a probation violation and felony unlawful possession of a firearm.