MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP/WDHN) — Authorities in Alabama have charged a 21-year-old man with snatching a 1-year-old boy from the front steps of an apartment building.
Montgomery police said in a statement Thursday that they booked Demarcus Leonard Snead into jail on a second-degree kidnapping charge.
Snead is accused of taking the child who was being walked down the front steps of an apartment building by his aunt.
According to charging documents, a 34-year-old woman was walking down the steps from her apartment with two children, ages 1 and 2. She encountered Snead walking up the stairs.
According to her statement, Snead grabbed the woman’s 1-year-old nephew and she told him to put him down. Instead, Snead took the boy to his vehicle and fled the scene with the boy in his lap.
She then followed Snead to attempt to get her nephew back, but said he was driving dangerously. Therefore, she stopped and called police.
The police report stated the woman does not know Snead and stated Snead has no relationship to the kidnapped child.
Montgomery patrol officers located Snead and tried to conduct a traffic stop but he refused. A short time later, police said, Smith released the boy unharmed in the area of Narrow Lane Road and continued to flee.
Snead was ultimately taken into custody and booked in the Montgomery County Detention Facility. The child was reunited with his family.
Police have not released a motive, or additional details, in the abduction.