OTTAWA, Kan. - There are few things more captivating than the big blue eyes of 18-month-old Lana Bailey, her family says. As they face another night without the precious toddler, they made a heartfelt plea for information.
"Please bring her back to us," Lana's aunt Shawna Pettijohn said. "We're focused on getting her back."
Lana was reported missing on May 3 by her grandfather home in Olathe. She was last seen with her mother, 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, on May 1.
After Lana's mother Kaylie was identified as one of the victims in a triple homicide in Ottawa on Wednesday, police requested an Amber Alert be issued. However, that request was denied by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
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Pettijohn shared some of Lana's habits, hoping someone might recognize them.
"She loves holding things up to her heart and saying 'I', she loves clapping her hands," Pettijohn said. "She'll make you work hard for a smile, but it is always worth it."
Lana's paternal grandmother, Rachel Helms-Bailey, lives in Lebanon, Mo. She said she helped take care of Lana when she was born.
"I use to lay with her and put her to sleep every night for eight months," Helms-Bailey said. "She was a very, very loving child. She fills a great void in my life."
If you see Lana, you're asked to call 911, 888-311-8477 or the KBI at 1-800-KS CRIME.
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