Mother charged with abducting son

June 18, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

Police in Anne Arundel County are trying to persuade a woman who is alleged to have kidnapped her 10-year-old son and fled to Boston to return and tell them the boy's whereabouts, police said.

Juanita Lorraine Wallace, 33, of the 9600 block of Dalmatia Drive is charged with out-of-state abduction of a relative or child under 12 years old, police said.

She was in Boston Wednesday evening when, during a phone call, she told Officer Dennis Freeburger of the county Police Department that she would "stay in jail and rot forever" before she reveals her son's location, police said.

Police would not release the name of the boy. They said he lives in Lanham in Prince George's County with his grandmother, Joan Walker, 50. The boy takes medicine daily for asthma and did not have his medicine with him, Mrs. Walker told police.

Ms. Wallace was at a Boston police station when she spoke with Officer Freeburger. Boston police told Officer Freeburger that they could not arrest Ms. Wallace until they receive a fugitive-from-justice warrant from Anne Arundel County police.

The boy is the son of Mrs. Walker's son -- who died in a car accident in 1986 -- and Ms. Wallace. He was to attend a birthday party Sunday. Ms. Wallace shares custody of two other sons with their father, Isaiah Wallace Jr., from whom she is separated, Mrs. Walker said.

Ms. Wallace, Isaiah Wallace Jr. and the children checked into the Parkway Inn on Route 175 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at 11 p.m. Saturday, police said. Mr. Wallace went to sleep about 6 a.m., and when he awoke around 9:30 a.m. the children and Ms. Wallace were gone, police said.

He did not hear from his wife until Wednesday, when he talked to her on the phone, police said. She hung up without telling him where the children were, police said.

Mrs. Walker said she also talked to Ms. Wallace Wednesday night.

Mrs. Walker has been the boy's legal guardian since 1988, when Ms. Wallace was in the military and voluntarily gave her custody, said Officer Randy Bell, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

County police sent information about Ms. Wallace by fax to Boston police, who found her in an apartment in Boston. They did not find the children. Officer Freeburger said Ms. Wallace told him the boy was in Maryland and had no medical problems.

County police said Massachusetts authorities cannot hold Ms. Wallace on the Maryland felony warrant because the maximum punishment for her offense is 30 days in jail. Boston police said they can pick her up and extradite her after they get a fugitive-from-justice warrant from county police, Officer Bell said.

But county police are trying to avoid that.

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