“I should’ve known something,” Grandmother learns missing baby’s body discovered in her basement

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WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WXMI) - The search for a missing baby girl came to a tragic end.

Authorities say 4-month-old Natallya Rich was found dead in the basement of a relative's home.

Rich was reported missing on Saturday when her father, Matthew Bradley,  was seen without the child by relatives.

"I think I should've known something, I should've known something was off. But I didn't know anything was wrong, I didn't, and I'm so mad at myself," said Heidi Thill, the child's grandmother.

Thill was devastated to learn the details behind the discovery of her granddaughter.

"Well, the cops, I guess, they barged in and told me that Matthew had left some things there, so that's all they said. And I am to come outside and they needed to talk to me," Thill said. "And Matthew had told them where to find her, so she's been down there this whole time. I don't even know if I can live there anymore knowing my little baby girl, my little baby granddaughter was there this whole time."

Officials wouldn't comment on how long the baby had been in the basement, or where exactly she was found.

Initially, authorities said they did not think the child was in any danger.

"When the initial complaint came to White Cloud Police Department, it was more of a check well-being. The entire time, the info that the police chief had was that the baby was in no danger and that she was with her father or her father knew her whereabouts. She was with a baby-sitter or friend of the father. The criteria is very stringent for a (sic) Amber Alert and so the police chief didn't feel it met the criteria, so he utilized other resources at his disposal to disseminate info out to area law enforcement agencies as well as the general public. At this point, an Amber Alert would not have made a difference in the outcome," said Abby Watkins, the director of Newaygo County Emergency Management.

"She was so beautiful. She was just starting to talk, just starting to baby talk," said Thill.

The child's mother, Brittany Rich, and Bradley were arrested Tuesday night.

So far, no charges have been filed in relation to the baby's death.

Investigators say they are still trying to figure out what happened and autopsy results are pending.

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