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Woman Arrested for Kidnapping 11-Month Old Baby in East Orange

By rlsmetro on
East Orange

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheilah Coley announced today that Christiana Fitzpatrick, 20, of Chicago has been arrested and charged with kidnapping an 11-month old baby boy from East Orange.

This afternoon, Fitzpatrick, who was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and interfering with custody, was arrested in West Hempstead, N.Y.

Authorities said at approximately 2:30 am today the mother of the child returned to her East Orange home, where she had left her son in the custody of Fitzpatrick.

Both the baby and Fitzpatrick were missing. The mother made repeated attempts to get in touch with Fitzpatrick and have her return with the baby. When Fitzpatrick refused, the mother contacted authorities at about 5:45 a.m.

With assistance from the East Orange Police, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Unit, New Jersey State Police, Nassau County Police and West Hempstead Police, Fitzpatrick’s was located and apprehended according to authorities.

Initial reports from the scene indicate the child appears to be fine but he was transported to the hospital for evaluation, according to Essex County Chief of Detective Quovella Spruill.

Bail was set at $300,000. Fitzpatrick is awaiting extradition from New York back to New Jersey.