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UPDATE: Arrest made during Missing 7-Month Old

Written by on February 16, 2022

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Bloomington Police have made an arrest during the missing infant investigation.

BPD is seeking help from the public in locating a missing 7-month-old juvenile. Zaraz V. Walker of Bloomington, Illinois was reported missing on 2/13 at approximately 11:20 pm.

Walker is a black female infant, with black hair and brown eyes.

On Saturday, Bloomington officers arrested Kimberlee Burton, 29 for retail theft. After her arrest, the father of two of Burton’s children had his mother pick up the children. During the pick-up, only a five and six year old were in the residence.

On Sunday, BPD received a call requesting a well-being check on an infant. The caller was concerned about the infant and could not locate anyone who was taking care of the infant.

According to a BPD press release, the infant lived with Burton and his two children. Officers went to Burton’s resident to conduct a well-being check. During a cursory search of the apartment no infant was found however, there were signs that an infant had lived there.

Officers applied for several search warrants for the residence to conduct a more thorough search and to collect evidence to be analyzed for the investigation. Officers were able to identify the three children that lived there and the infant was then identified as Zaraz V. Walker.

Bloomington Police Department arrested Kimberlee Burton, who is still at the McLean County Jail, for two counts of felony Child Endangerment.

The infant is still listed as missing/endangered. Any person who has had any recent contact with Kimberlee Burton OR Zaraz Walker is asked to contact the Bloomington Police Department’s Sgt. Detective Jared Bierbaum at (309) 434-2807 or jbierbaum@cityblm.org.