GARY — Police are looking for a man accused of battering the mother of his children Saturday, kidnapping their 4-month-old child and leaving the baby in the trunk of an abandoned car.

Billie Roy White Jr., 26, of Gary, was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with two felony counts of neglect of a dependent and one count of felony domestic battery.*

According to a probable cause affidavit, White battered the mother of his children at a residence in the 5000 block of Carolina, striking her three times with a closed fist as she held the child in her arms.

The mother’s four other children were present in the home at the time of the incident, court records show.

Gary police Lt. Dawn Westerfield said after battering the woman, White allegedly left the residence with the infant. White returned to the residence a short time later without the child and refused to tell the mother the baby's location, police said.

After White left, the mother called police.

K-9 locates child in trunk

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After police arrived, a K-9 dog led officers to a nearby home, where he targeted an abandoned Cadillac with a broken out windshield in the driveway, court records show. The dog reportedly caught a scent and pulled the officer to the Cadillac.

The K-9 officer reportedly pulled the dog away from the vehicle due to the broken glass on the ground and proceeded to check other areas near the house and in the yard.

When the K-9 was again presented with an item associated with the infant, he immediately picked up the scent again and led his officer back to the Cadillac, court records show.

He circled it a couple of times until another officer suggested checking the trunk and found the child.

Anyone with information about White's whereabouts is asked to call Gary police Detective Sgt. Jon Cooros at 219-881-1211 or the department's anonymous crime tip line at 866-CRIME-GP.

* Editor's note: This story has been updated from a previous version to correct the name of the court and day charges were filed.

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.