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Sheriff: Baby found not missing woman’s

June 23, 2007

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— A baby girl found on an Ohio doorstep does not belong to a missing pregnant woman, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department said Friday.

The baby was discovered about 45 miles from the home of Jessie Davis, who was nine months pregnant with a girl when she disappeared last week.

A woman who said she concealed her pregnancy from her family admitted leaving the newborn on the doorstep, Wayne County Sheriff Thomas Maurer said. That case has been turned over to the county prosecutor's office.

"This incident is not related to the ongoing investigation by the Stark County Sheriff's Office in the disappearance of Jessie Davis," Maurer said in a news release.

Davis, 26, was reported missing a week ago Friday after her mother found the young woman's bedroom in disarray, the furniture overturned and Davis' young son home alone.

The 2-year-old boy, who may be the only witness to his mother's disappearance, told investigators: "Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in rug."

On Friday, some 250 volunteers lined up for a second day to help search surrounding fields and woods for any sign of Davis. More than 1,800 volunteers had turned up Thursday to scour backyards, vacant fields and a Christmas tree farm.

Davis' mother, Patricia Porter, was the last person to speak to Davis on June 13 and said she's focused on finding her daughter.

"We are not stopping and whoever's done this, I hope they don't think that we're going home," she said Friday. "No one's going home and we are not stopping until we find her and find who did this to her."

When Porter was asked Friday by NBC's "Today" show if she considered Bobby Cutts Jr., the father of Davis' 2-year-old son and unborn baby, a suspect, she replied: "Yes, he's a suspect."

"I still pray that it's not him," she said. "That doesn't mean that I don't think he's a suspect, as well."

Her attorney, Rick Pitinii, said later that her comments about Cutts were based more on her emotions than evidence.

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