Woman surrenders to FBI, is charged with kidnapping

September 08, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

The baby sitter from Laurel accused of kidnapping her 21-month-old godchild has turned herself in to federal authorities in Richmond, Va., the FBI said yesterday.

Gloria Ann Wiggins, 43, of the 100 block of Ethel Drive was charged a few hours later with one count of kidnapping and was released on her own recognizance by a U.S. magistrate in Richmond.

Special Agent Andrew Manning, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI field office, said the child, Ashley Nicole King, was unharmed.

He said Ms. Wiggins drove the child to Norfolk, Va., where she has relatives, then drove to Richmond, where she called the FBI office in Baltimore on Monday after seeing the story on news broadcasts.

Agent Manning said Ms. Wiggins turned herself in at the Richmond field office at 9 p.m. Monday.

The child's mother, Adriana King, of the 4900 block of Challedon Road in Baltimore, told police she left Ashley at Ms. Wiggins' home at 6 a.m. Friday. When she returned Saturday about 8 a.m., the home was empty.

The FBI had issued an "all-points bulletin" for police in Maryland and other East Coast states to be on the lookout for Ms. Wiggins' 1986 red Chevrolet Camero.

Neighbors told Anne Arundel County investigators that Ms. Wiggins and an Elkridge man had removed belongings from the home and that she had told neighbors they were moving to Atlanta.

Agent Manning said yesterday that authorities knew of no motive in the case, other than that Ms. Wiggins had been baby-sitting the child since she was born.

Ashley's mother drove to Richmond on Monday night and picked up her daughter, Agent Manning said.

A court date for Ms. Wiggins has not been set, but the agent said she had been ordered to report to the clerk's office at the federal court building in Baltimore today.

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