UPDATE: Search ends for missing Ingham County woman who tried to kill child last year

Missing Ingham Co woman

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. (WLNS) – Ingham County Sheriffs’ Office is telling 6 News today that Ruth Smith, missing since Saturday, has been found safe in a Lansing apartment. The woman was found just after 3:15 p.m. today in an apartment building on South Washington Avenue. She is in good health and had her phone with her. Investigators say there is nothing to indicate the woman was held against her will, as she claimed in a Facebook post Saturday. Her family has been notified and she is reunited with them tonight.

MASON, Mich (WLNS) – The search is on for a missing Ingham County woman with a troubled past.

According to the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, this past Saturday Ruth Smith posted a note on Facebook saying she was being held against her will.

Her last known address was on Bishop Road in Delhi Township.

The woman has a history of bipolar disorder and, according to the Sheriff’s Office, has had delusions.

In February of last year the woman was arrested in the Toledo area after she tried to suffocate her 7-month-old daughter.

The child survived and was returned to the father when Smith was taken into custody.

At that time Smith, who called police to report what she had done, claimed she would rather kill the child than let her husband have custody.

She had been staying at Eve’s House in Lansing but no longer resides there.

Smith is 35 years old and approximately 5ft 5in tall.

If you have any information on Ruth Smith or her whereabouts, please contact Ingham County Sheriff’s Office Detective Teresa Lewis at 517-244-1897.

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