MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Tennessee toddler was taken to the hospital after police say she survived alone for several days after her grandmother died.
According to a Maryville Police Department report, police were called to the home of Annette Ineichen around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. She was caring for her 15-month-old granddaughter for her daughter Tracy Ineichen, who has been jailed in Blount County, Tenn. since September 5.
Tracy Ineichen said she had not spoken to her mother since November 7, and called her boyfriend Anthony Waldo because she could not get her mother on the phone.
Waldo went to Annette Ineichen’s house on Shane Drive and found the front glass storm door locked, but the inside wooden door open. He could see the child in her crib with her arms reached out, crying for attention.
Waldo then called both police and Tracy Ineichen. She, worried for her mother and daughter, told Waldo to force his way into the home. When he made his way inside, the girl looked very weak, smelled of urine and had swollen lips.
He was unable to open the master bathroom door more than a few inches, but saw what appeared to be someone lying on the floor. He then left the home and waited for police.
Officers were able to force their way into the bathroom where they found Annette Ineichen deceased.
The child was rushed to Children’s Hospital for treatment of dehydration and lack of food. The Department of Children’s Services is working to determine placement for the child.
Seven dogs were also found at the home, four of which were running loose.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the girl and for funeral expenses.