CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield woman is facing additional charges for abducting a 3-month-old baby from Newport News.
Authorities said the abduction happened on Thursday morning. The baby was then found safe in Chesterfield late that evening after an Amber Alert was issued.
Jiraiya Cherry was reported missing by his family around 10:20 a.m. The baby had last been seen in Newport News in the 13300 block of Preakness Drive around 9 a.m.
Newport News police suspected an “unknown babysitter” had taken the child. The babysitter was later identified as 20-year-old Tykirah Reid. Police said Reid and the baby might have been driving in a four-door silver sedan with Virginia plates.
Jiraiya was found in Chesterfield around 6:45 p.m. Chesterfield police told 8News that officers located the suspect’s vehicle near Heritage Pointe Apartment complex off of Goolsby Avenue.
Chesterfield police said Reid exited the apartment with the child in her hands, but once she saw the police she attempted to flee back into the apartment.
Reid was arrested and the baby was taken to a local hospital for treatment and observation.
Police said Reid has been charged with Abduction, Child Neglect, Obstruction of Justice, and Petit Larceny.
At her arraignment on Friday, Reid was also charged with removing a serial number from a vehicle, larceny of a license plate and obstruction of justice. Her next court appearance is March 24.
She is being held in the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.