A Pocatello woman is searching for her missing infant son whom she says has a birth defect and may need medical treatment.
Melissa Lynch says her 5-month-old boy, Lucious Jaxx Lynch-Rogers, has a congenital pulmonary airway malfunction (CPAM).
According to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s website, CPAM is a birth defect that includes a cystic mass of abnormal lung tissue that cannot function as normal lung tissue does.
“Ever since I was pregnant, I’ve been seeing a specialist about it,” Lynch said.
The defect can lead to further complications, Lynch said, adding that she needs to take her son into a specialist soon to determine what care he needs and when he needs it.
The problem is, she doesn’t know where her son is.
Lucious has been missing since early August. Authorities say Chase Rogers, the boy’s father, left Pocatello with the child, and did not tell Lynch about his plans.
Rogers and Lucious were recently seen in Maryland, according to detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Victims Investigations Division there.
“It is known that Rogers and his son were in Montgomery County at a family member’s house as recently as Wednesday, September 11. At this time, Rogers’ and his son’s whereabouts are unknown,” according to a post on the Montgomery County Police Department’s Facebook page.
Detectives say they want to talk to Rogers and check on his and his son’s welfare. They’re asking anyone with information about their whereabouts to call them at 301-279-8000.
Rogers, 25, is described as a white male, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing roughly 190 pounds. He has hazel eyes and blonde hair.
Lucious has auburn hair.
Detectives say Rogers may be driving a purple 2008 Saturn Outlook with Idaho license plate number 1BBG694.
Lynch says she’s worried about her son and his health, and she wants to bring him home as soon as possible so he can get the help he needs.
Lynch says she’s been working hard to get the word out about her missing son, but it’s been a frustratingly slow process.
“I’ve called so many people,” she said, adding that she’s traveled as far as Maryland and is occasionally living in her car as she continues to search for him. “It’s fine if that’s what it takes to find my son.”
“I won’t stop until I get him back,” she said.