Police: ‘Mentally unstable’ teen mom took 7-month-old baby from state custody

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ENGLEWOOD,  Colo. -- A 17-year-old mother who does not have legal custody of her 7-month-old daughter has taken the baby from state custody, the Englewood Police Department said Sunday.

Police said the mother, Jessica Schnitzer, is mentally unstable and is believed to have suicidal tendencies.

Jessica Schnitzer a.k.a "Chasity Medina" (Photo: Englewood Police Department)

Schnitzer took La’Nayah Medina from the Third Way Center at 4821 S. Bannock St., where the child was being held in state custody, sometime before 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

La’Nayah Medina (Photo: Englewood Police Department)

Police said Schnitzer left her daughter's car seat, formula and diapers behind.

Schnitzer, who also goes by Chasity Medina, is believed to be missing with 17-year-old Maree Tibbetts.

Maree Tibbetts. (Photo: Englewood Police Department)

Schnitzer is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-3 and 105 pounds. She has shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing dark sweat pants and a white T-shirt.

Jessica Schnitzer a.k.a. "Chasity Medina" (Photo: Englewood Police Department)

La’Nayah Medina is a 7-month-old female, with brown hair and brown eyes. It's not known what she was last wearing.

Tibbetts is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-4 and 120 pounds. She has short brown hair (above the ears) and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, white shorts and athletic shoes.

The Third Way Center describes itself as a center that "offers truth and hope to high risk, mentally ill, disadvantaged and often homeless adolescents, and their families."