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Mother, baby found wandering in bitter cold

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP)  — A Hannibal woman is undergoing evaluation and her baby is in protective custody after the woman was found wandering barefoot in bitter cold, her child wearing only a diaper.

Police found the woman Sunday afternoon, on a blustery, cold day when wind chill readings were in the single digits. Authorities said the woman was incoherent and unable to explain what happened. Police say the baby showed signs of abuse.

The woman was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. An investigation continues, and no charges have been filed.

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