Troopers recover child in kidnapping

Florida Highway Patrol troopers recovered a kidnapped 10-month old and arrested four women in Madison County Sunday night.

Trooper John Sleigher saw a Chevrolet car that matched the description of a Be on the Lookout notice issued in St. John's County. The notice said the white car would be occupied by four women and a 10-month-old child. Sleigher pulled the suspect over at 11:07 p.m. and the child's clothing matched the description on the notice.

Troopers Sleigher and Nathan Stidham took custody of the child and all four women were arrested on a charge of kidnapping. Jakevia Rodriguez, 30, Latoya Rodriquez, 31, Precious Seymour, 23, and Lakeysha Robinson, 29, were all taken to the Madison County Jail.

Authorities in St. johns County characterize what happened Sunday night as interference with child custody because they knew the infant was with family members

The infant is doing fine.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Commander Chuck Mulligan says the whole thing started when the mother of the infant had to report to the Sheriff's office leaving the infant with an aunt. Then the grandmother got involved deciding to take her grandchild.

"This is not a kidnapping case as a lot of folks would think of a kidnapping," said Mulligan.

Mulligan noted that investigators were in phone contact with the grandmother and had no reason to believe the infant was in danger. He says the groundwork was laid for an Amber Alert, but an alert was not needed since the location of the child was not in doubt.

Technology played a huge role as investigators tracked the car by cell phone which ended in four adults being arrested.

The infant is back home with mom. The grandmother is being held in the Madison County jail.


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