Woman allegedly kidnapped Tacoma baby over borrowed car dispute

Staff writerSeptember 11, 2013 

A woman kidnapped a 10-month-old boy from his Tacoma home this morning because she was angry the baby’s mother had not returned a borrowed car, police said.

She forced her way into a home in the 4000 block of South Puget Sound about 5:20 a.m., went upstairs and carried the child outside to a waiting SUV.

A man staying in the home tried to stop her but the woman told him “’She can have her baby back when I get my car back,’” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Officers were called about 15 minutes after the abduction and interviewed several people who were asleep at the time of the kidnapping. One witness, who heard the suspect talking in the house, was able to identify the alleged kidnapper.

Another witness told police he was with the baby and the mother Tuesday when the mother’s vehicle broke down. It’s unclear if that vehicle is the one the mother allegedly borrowed.

The mother asked her friend to take the baby home while she waited on the side of the road for the vehicle to be fixed. As of this afternoon, police have been unable to locate the mother or the vehicle.

The department called its Child Abduction Response Team and was preparing to issue an Amber Alert when the alleged kidnapper showed up at her house in Federal Way with the baby about 8:10 a.m.

Cool said the boy was not injured and was turned over to his grandmother because officers cannot find his mother.

The alleged kidnapper was detained for questioning.

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