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‘Missing Woman’ is Now in Augusta Jail for Leaving Her Newborn Baby Alone


A Hephzibah woman who was reported missing last week had abandoned her 3-month-old baby alone before she disappeared, authorities say.

Whitey Strader, 33, was located on Friday and arrested two days later for contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a minor.

When they issued the missing alert early Friday, Richmond County authorities said that Strader was last seen the day before at her apartment on Pine Ridge Drive North, leaving in a black Ford F150. They said she was “missing under suspicious circumstances.”

Within hours of the missing alert Friday, Strader turned up. Authorities did not say where she had been, but she was booked into the jail on Sunday, posing for a rough-looking mugshot that shows multiple red marks on her face.

Whitney Strader, 33, of Hephzibah, Contributing to delinquency of minor

Strader remained in jail Monday night, unable to make a $6,800 bond. She has a few previous arrests, including a pending arrest for driving under the influence of drugs on July 20, 2020.

August 2019 mugshot for disorderly conduct

Other charges in her past include disorderly conduct, theft by taking, violation of an order of protection and criminal trespassing.

February 2019 arrest for Criminal trespass


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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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