Sat Jul 14, 8:57 PM ET
An investigation is under way involving a nude woman in the middle of a busy road claiming she was taking her 7-week-old baby to meet Satan. News Five's Emily Longnecker reported that Lebanon police are calling this one of the most bizarre cases they've ever seen.
A South Lebanon man discovered the woman walking along Miller Road Saturday morning, with her baby in her arms.
"She said flat out she was going up to meet Satan and take the baby to Satan. He told her to walk up there naked and bring him the baby. So I didn't know what to think after that," said Steven McCabe.
McCabe, 33, said he knew he had to do something.
"First thing in my mind was that baby needed some help," McCabe said.
McCabe said at least six cars in front of him passed the woman and never stopped.
"I guess they didn't want to get involved," McCabe said.
McCabe said he called 911, but the woman kept on walking. Lebanon police said the woman was Shaunte Mitchell, 29. The baby was her 7-week-old son.
When police got to Mitchell, they said there was no sign of her baby. When they asked Mitchell what she'd done with him, she told them she had given the baby to Satan because he told her he wanted it, Sgt. Jeffrey Mitchell said.
Jeffrey Mitchell said he was headed to the scene when he learned the baby was gone.
"When I heard that on the radio, (I) immediately slowed down to look for the baby knowing that she had come from that direction. About a tenth, maybe two-tenths of a mile later, I see the baby laying in the middle of the road," Jeffrey Mitchell said. "The baby's laying on his back straddling the double yellow lines. Placed perfectly in the center of the road."
Police said the little boy was fine. Investigators said they later went to Shaunte Mitchell's apartment and found she had tried to set it on fire.
Police said they don't believe Shaunte Mitchell had taken any drugs or alcohol.
McCabe said he doesn't know what to think about his unforgettable encounter. He said he's just glad he listened to his gut and stopped.
"If it had probably even been about 10 minutes later, it probably would have been too late," McCabe said.
Shaunte Mitchell is in Christ Hospital and is being held for medical and psychological evaluation, police said. She's charged with child endangerment, aggravated arson, and disorderly conduct. Police said they're just thankful McCabe was in the right place at the right time.
Warren County Children's Services said they turned the baby over to his maternal grandmother.