Sheryl C. Turner said she never gave it a second thought Friday when she asked a woman she has known for 21 years to drop off her 14-month-old daughter at a baby sitter.
But that was the last Ms. Turner has seen of her daughter, Jessica Alexandra Marie James, or the woman entrusted with taking her to the baby sitter, Christy Ann Pankey, 39, of the 6100 block of Foreland Garth, Columbia.
"I've called everyone that I could think of," Ms. Turner said. "No one has seen or heard from them."
Dennis S. Hill, a police spokesman, said Teletypes have been sent to Washington, D.C., and areas of New York and West Virginia where Ms. Pankey is known to have friends or relatives, but no one has reported seeing Ms. Pankey or the baby.