Mother reunited with baby

September 15, 1995|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Peter Hermann contributed to this article.

After a week of agony, Tahaisha Williams now can sleep at night.

The 20-year-old South Baltimore resident said yesterday that she was unable to get much sleep while her three-month-old daughter, Tahsine, was missing, abducted by a young woman who befriended Ms. Williams.

When mother and daughter were reunited Wednesday night, Ms. Williams said, she held Tahsine closely through the night.

"I just held her. Even while I was asleep, I kept holding her," she said, sitting in the living room of her Westport home with Tahsine on her lap.

Tahsine was abducted Sept. 5. She was found Wednesday afternoon in a center for teen-age mothers in Washington, where the young woman accused in the kidnapping had gone for shelter.

FBI agents arrested Shanekqa Johnson, 17, and charged her as an adult. She also is charged in Baltimore on a kidnapping warrant but remained in the custody of federal authorities in Washington pending extradition proceedings.

Ms. Williams said the incident began when she started a conversation with a young woman at the Lexington Market. She said they decided to share a cab and stopped at the University of Maryland Medical Center when the woman said she wanted to visit someone. The woman asked to take Tahsine with her and Ms. Williams let her. While Ms. Williams waited, the woman took the child inside the hospital but did not return.

During the past week, Ms. Williams said, she blamed herself for the abduction. Her cousin and housemate, Joyce Williams, 26, said they prayed for Tahsine's return.

"She was crying a lot, she was just worried," Joyce Williams said. "I told her that wherever she is, she is safe and she'll be home."

Agony changed to joy Wednesday when Ms. Williams learned that officials had recovered her child. She went to Washington and cried when she saw Tahsine. Ms. Williams said she'll be more protective of Tahsine and her 23-month-old son, Jamall.

"You never know what's going to happen . . . ," she said.

In another abduction case, police said a 10-month-old boy who disappeared Monday with his 15-year-old baby sitter was found Wednesday night. Police said about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a friend of the child's mother, Towanda Ferguson, 21, got on a bus at Radecke Avenue and Sinclair Lane and saw Antonio Douglas on the bus with his male baby sitter.

Officer Sabrina V. Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman, said the bus driver refused to help Ms. Ferguson so she got off, flagged down a friend who was driving by and followed the bus until the young man got off on Truesdale Avenue. Police said she confronted the teen-ager and took Antonio from him. She then took Antonio to Johns Hopkins Hospital for an examination, which showed the child had suffered no injuries.

Police said they were preparing an arrest warrant for the sitter.

Last night, Antonio was in the custody of the state foster care system because his mother, Anita Brady, 20, was arrested Wednesday on an assault charge, police said.

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