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Mother of 5-month-old who went missing in Normandy charged

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Elizabeth Hawthorne is charged with child abuse or neglect.  Her  5-month-old daughter Eden went missing Monday in Normandy, but was found safe Thursday. Credit: Normandy PD Elizabeth Hawthorne is charged with child abuse or neglect. Her 5-month-old daughter Eden went missing Monday in Normandy, but was found safe Thursday. Credit: Normandy PD
Matthew Maufus and Laurie Beckwith are persons of interest in the case of 5-month-old Eden Hawthrowne who went missing from Normandy Monday but was found on Thursday. Credit: Normandy PD Matthew Maufus and Laurie Beckwith are persons of interest in the case of 5-month-old Eden Hawthrowne who went missing from Normandy Monday but was found on Thursday. Credit: Normandy PD
Ethen Hawthorne (Missouri Highway Patrol) Ethen Hawthorne (Missouri Highway Patrol)
NORMANDY (KMOV.com) -

The mother of 5-month-old Eden Hawthorne is facing charges one day after her infant daughter was found safe.

Elizabeth Hawthorne is charged with abuse or neglect of a child. She is being held in the St. Louis County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Police said 5-month-old Eden Hawthorne went missing from the parking lot of the Church's Chicken on Natural Bridge Road at 8:00 p.m. Monday. 

Elizabeth Hawthorne allegedly called police around 11:30 p.m. Thursday and said her van was stolen by a homeless couple she had befriended.

Both Hawthornes were traveling in Elizabeth's with three males and a female driver. The mother and one of the male subjects exited the van and entered Church’s Chicken.The remaining occupants then left the scene with the baby still in the vehicle. 

 By early Thursday evening Eden was located.

"The baby was dropped off by a person at the home of random resident," said Normandy Major Tony Madigan.

Police are still looking for two persons of interests who may have driven away in the van. Authorities are searching for Matthew Maufus and Laurie Beckwith. The two are believed to still be together and may be occupying the van, which is described as a 2006 dark gray Chrysler Town and County with Missouri license plate number PN4-R7B.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Normandy police at 314-427-8000.

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