Girl returned unharmed alleged abductor at large

November 29, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

A 6-year-old West Baltimore girl missing for six days was returned unharmed yesterday, police said.

But officers are still looking for the alleged abductor, Janae Simmons, 16, who detectives believe has been arrested before on charges of kidnapping a 2-year-old child.

Police spokesman Agent Doug Price said police were called to a home in Southeast Baltimore at 1:40 a.m. yesterday, where they found the 6-year-old girl, Latoya Bradshaw, of the 1400 block of Division Street.

"The residents there told us that Ms. Simmons told them the girl was her cousin, and she was baby-sitting her," he said. "She asked them to watch the child for a few hours."

Agent Price said the residents of the home saw Latoya's picture on alate-night newscast. The residents realized the child had been kidnapped and called police.

She had been missing since Nov. 21 and was last seen by her uncle, who allowed her to go with Ms. Simmons to the store to buy candy. He reported the incident to police on Nov. 23.

Agent Price said that during the time Ms. Simmons had the girl, she would drop her off with friends while she went out.

"She would go to various places and say the child was her cousin and ask them to watch her," Agent Price said. "She would return a few hours later and collect the child and move on."

The child's uncle and legal guardian, Earnest Garrison, 45, said Ms. Simmons is a friend of his 17-year-old nephew and had played with Latoya at his home.

Ms. Simmons first asked Mr. Garrison if she could take his niece to the movies. When he refused, she asked to take the child up the street to a store to buy candy.

Agent Price said that although the child has a life-threatening diseaseand requires doctor-administrated daily medication, she seemed unharmed.

He said Ms. Simmons could face kidnapping charges, though he did not know if she would be charged as an adult.

He would not comment on the Simmons youth's criminal history or what happened to the 2-year-old in the previous case.

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