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Police believe one of the parents of a missing nine-month-old knows her location

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police say a Memphis mother has admitted to giving her baby to a stranger, and not reporting the incident for ten days.

Police believe one of the baby's parents, Lauryn Dickens, knows where she is, and the convoluted situation may be a case of "custodial interference."

Family law books define custodial interference as "the taking or keeping of a child from the custodial parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's rightful physical custody."

Monday, jail records said baby's father, Benjamin Norfleet, was in jail on a building burglary charge.  He told police he knows nothing about the baby's location.

But according to an incident report, the baby's mother, Shakara Dickens, told police she talked with Norfleet on September 7 about "the welfare of the child and her not being able to care for the child properly."

The report said Norfleet told Dickens to, "give the child to an unknown female-white."

Dickens said the woman came to her Raleigh apartment complex that day. She allegedly gave the baby to the woman, and has not seen her daughter for about a week and a half.

The woman who allegedly took the baby was described as a white female, 40 to 50 years old, who wears eyeglasses and has gray, shoulder-length, straight hair with a center part.  The woman was last seen wearing a buttoned blouse, khaki Capri pants, and white, closed to sandals.

Lauryn Dickens, was last seen wearing a brown onsie with one pink flower and pink dots. She is one-foot, nine inches tall, and weighs just 17 pounds.

Monday, Shakara Dickens did not want to comment for this story.  Police haven't issued an Amber Alert, because the mother consented to handing over the baby.

If you know where Lauryn Dickens may be, call Missing Persons at 901-636-4479.

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