Police reveal tragic details on 6-month-old girl found in motel room with dead parents
An infant girl discovered in a Michigan motel with both her parents' bodies had been alone in the room for seven days before she was found by police, authorities have revealed.
Baby Skylah was severely dehydrated when she was found face-down inside a room at the Rodeway Inn in Whitehall during a welfare check on May 24, WXMI reports.
Authorities are now saying they don't believe the baby could have survived much longer if she was not rescued at that very moment.
"I'm no doctor, but I think we were definitely on the verge," Michigan State Police Trooper Jim Luttrull told PEOPLE. "It is absolutely amazing she is still with us."
Luttrull was one of the first to encounter the horrific scene inside the motel room after employees called police for help after Skylah's parents, 26-year-old Jessica Bramer and 28-year-old Christian Reed, failed to check out on schedule.
While performing a welfare check, Luttrull told PEOPLE he entered the room, where he says he saw "the legs of two adults, at the foot of the bed" with blood pooling beneath the skin. He then spotted the baby on the ground wearing just a diaper and wrapped her in a towel to keep her warm.
"She didn’t make a sound and didn’t move at all, even after I picked her up," Luttrull told the outlet. "She didn’t even blink, but there was a little bit of eye movement, indicating to me she was still alive."
The infant, who was in "dire need of medical attention," was airlifted to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in critical condition. Her breathing tube has since been removed and she is now expected to make a full recovery.
Initial autopsies performed on Skylah's parents did not identify an immediate cause of death, although authorities allegedly found drug paraphernalia in their room. A full toxicology report is pending.
Family members of Bramer and Reed told WOOD-TV that the pair had recently been in and out of jail. Skylah's grandparents allegedly contacted Children's Protective Services in January over concerns about the baby's well-being.
It remains unclear who will gain custody of the child when she is discharged from the hospital, but Luttrull says she "has a family that is very interested in making sure she gets the proper care she needs."