CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
Police and prosecutors were questioning the mother of a missing 1-year-old Maywood boy, while authorities searched the Des Plaines River for his body Wednesday, police said.
Beaten and badly bruised, 1-year-old Bryeon Hunter's mother, Lakeisha Baker, is still sitting in a room at the Maywood police station Wednesday night.
Initially, she told police three men abducted Bryeon from her during an alleged attack, then drove off in a sports car Tuesday. But now, police say she's giving investigators different accounts of what happened to her son.
"We believe this to be an isolated event and not one that was described as three men committing an abduction," said Maywood Police Chief Tim Curry.
Lakeisha, who was on TV news appealing for her son's return, had a black eye.
Curry confirmed the mother was beaten, but said police don't know the identity of the culprit.
The grandmother of 1-year-old Bryeon Hunter begged, through tears, for his safe return. An AMBER Alert was issued for the missing baby boy on Tuesday.
Hunter told Maywood police she was walking with her son near an alley at 5th and Main when three Hispanic men in a black sports car pulled up, beat her with pipes and bats and took off with Bryeon in the back seat. Maywood police say they questioned those men last night and they have all been cleared of any wrongdoing.
"All we knew was the girl came crying saying they had beat up their cousin's mother and took the baby. I just don't understand that. It's a newborn baby. They really need to get their baby back," neighbor Jeanisse Williams said.
Authorities searched for the boy's reains in the Des Plaines River, but called it off at 3:20 p.m. as heavy rain moved across the area.
Bryeon is 2 ft. tall, weighs 30 lbs. and was last seen wearing a two-tone blue striped long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and blue and brown Nike boots. Police said the boy has brown hair and brown eyes and just got a haircut.
People who live in the area say their neighborhood is safe and quiet.
"Back over here, I basically know the kids and who's who, but not a 1-year-old," says neighbor Juanita Tapia.
Maywood's police chief did not talk on camera but told reporters that he is not optimistic that Bryeon Hunter will be found. While Lakeisha Hunter is talking to investigators in one room, shes been here 24 hours. Her boyfriend is in another room and the chief says they're blaming each other for what happened to Bryeon.
The boy's grandmother told FOX 32 News that she's frustrated. She doesn't know where Bryeon is and police haven't told her why they're questioning and holding her daughter.
If you have any information about this amber alert, call the Maywood Police Department at 708-450-4471.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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