‘I got her!’ — Hero cops find baby kidnapped in bizarre scheme
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org November 17, 2012 11:46AM
Chicago police officers involved in the location of a 1-month old kidnapped baby are (left to right): John Black, Solomon Murray, Naomi Gibson, Clifford Russell Jr. and Paula Guice. | Photo by Frank Main~Sun-Times
Updated: December 20, 2012 6:23AM
A desperate four-hour search for a kidnapped baby ended joyfully when Officer Naomi Gibson heard a muffled cry in a gangway.
Gibson and a team of officers were frantically looking for the 1-month-old girl throughout the Grand Crossing District on the South Side on Tuesday morning.
At 10:54 a.m. — with the temperature hovering at 32 degrees — Gibson heard a cry coming from a gangway in the 6800 block of South Ridgeway.
She spotted a white garbage bag full of pink baby clothes. Then she saw the baby sitting in a car seat, covered with a pink blanket.
“She was wiggling,” Gibson said, her voice halting with emotion. “It was like she was mine. I said, ‘I got her!’ ”
The baby, who was wearing a pink hat and a Winnie the Pooh outfit, had cold hands and feet but was alert.
Gibson rushed her to the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she was given a warm bath and wrapped in warm blankets.
When police contacted her mother, she was “very happy and elated,” Gibson said.
Police allege the kidnapping was part of a bizarre ruse.
An 18-year-old woman, T’Keyah Williams, of the 7300 block of South Yates, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and endangering the life and health of a child after allegedly taking the baby and then dumping her in the gangway.
Williams allegedly took the child to pretend the baby girl belonged to her and her boyfriend, who had recently been arrested and faced a bond hearing on a felony drug possession charge.
She’s accused of planning to use the child to evoke sympathy from a judge to get a lower bond for her boyfriend, but then abandoned the scheme — and the baby.
Williams was a friend of the mother’s sister and was invited to stay in their home in the 1600 block of East 74th after she lied that she’d been kicked out of her own home, police said.
Williams was sleeping on a couch when she asked to hold the baby. A relative fell asleep, and Williams snatched the infant, along with infant clothing and baby formula that she carried out in a garbage bag, police said.
Officers were notified about the alleged kidnapping around 7 a.m. Tuesday. They located Williams through her father, but she was uncooperative, police said.
“Williams refused to acknowledge she had any dealings with the baby,” Officer Paula Guice said.
Gibson added: “She never showed any sympathy for the baby...There was no concern from her.”
The baby was found about 3/4 mile from her mother’s home.
Grand Crossing District Cmdr. Glenn Evans praised the officers for their “relentless” search.
“This is some of the best police work I’ve seen in my career,” he said.
The baby is in good condition and reunited with her family, who could not be reached for comment.