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Charlotte infant reunited with mother after alleged kidnapping

Posted August 16, 2015
Updated August 17, 2015

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— A 10-month-old baby is back with her mother after an alleged kidnapping Saturday evening.

Lafayette Hawkins heard someone screaming outside her home on Fawnbrook Lane in Charlotte just before 4 p.m. Saturday evening. She ran outside and saw a woman running down the street.

“You hear about this on TV, on Lifetime,” said Hawkins. “She said someone snatched her baby. She had just come back from Baby’s R Us, she parked in the drive, didn’t have time to take the baby out.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department detectives were called to the southwest Charlotte neighborhood after the woman dialed 911 saying her 10-month old baby had been kidnapped.

According to police, the mother said the suspect, a woman, approached her in her yard and asked if she could hold her daughter. Police say the mother agreed and handed the child over to the strange woman.

According to neighbors, the mother immediately recognized the suspect from the store she had just returned home from and began questioning the lady.

Police say the suspect immediately ran off with the baby in her arms, jumped into a car, and began to speed away. The child’s mother ran after the car.

“She said she was being dragged from up the street but she couldn’t hold on anymore. That’s when she was calling out ‘help, help’,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins says the entire neighborhood joined together to pray for the mother and for the baby’s safe return. About 20 minutes later, police found the infant and the suspect, Shar-Iornia Reid, 22, in the parking lot of a Walmart on Wilkinson Boulevard.

“I thank God she got her baby back,” said Hawkins.

Reid was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. Police expect to charge her with child abduction and assault with a deadly weapon.

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  • Erika Phipps Aug 17, 2015
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    Surely there's a lot more to the scenario in the mother's yard than an news article can contain, don't take it at face value folks! Why would she let a stranger hold her baby? Because she assumed the best in a person, which we've all been "guilty" of. I've always wanted to hold just about every baby I meet (don't worry, I don't) so I may have been that gullible too as a young mother. Thank goodness it ended as it did!

  • Barbara Sossomon Aug 17, 2015
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    Why was this alleged?

  • Richard Mackey Aug 17, 2015
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    "the mother said the suspect, a woman, approached her in her yard and asked if she could hold her daughter. Police say the mother agreed and handed the child over to the strange woman."

    WHY would she even do that?

  • Trisha Davis Aug 17, 2015
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    Okay, in this day and time with all the nut jobs out there, why would you let anyone you didn't know hold your baby, especially someone who just appeared on your lawn out of nowhere?!