Woman charged in abduction of child, 2

Boy was missing a week from home on Clifton Ave.

April 12, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A North Baltimore woman was charged yesterday with kidnapping a 2-year-old boy whose disappearance sparked a weeklong search for the child by police and FBI agents.

Marsha Bynum of the 200 block of W. 27th St. in Baltimore's Remington section was being held yesterday in lieu of $500,000 bond at the city jail on felony kidnapping and burglary charges.

Police said yesterday that they were trying to confirm Bynum's age and identity. She told detectives Wednesday that she was 16, but she has given officials two other names and ages ranging from 21 to 30 in three separate arrests on burglary and assault charges since 1999, according to court records.

Police said Bynum told detectives she took Christopher Pierce from his home in the 2100 block of Clifton Ave. -- less than two miles from her address -- because she was concerned about the child's welfare. Bynum is an acquaintance of the boy's family, police said.

Christopher was reported missing about 5 p.m. April 3 by his mother, Kyeisha Elliot, and was last seen by other relatives about 7 a.m. the day before, police said. Police and FBI agents then began an exhaustive search for Christopher but were unable to find him until he appeared on his mother's doorstep about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Bynum was spotted by a witness walking with the child near the home Wednesday, police said. The witness approached Bynum, who lifted a hat off the child's head, revealing Christopher, police said.

Detectives also found two witnesses, whom they declined to identify, who told detectives that they saw Bynum with the boy April 2 -- the day he disappeared, authorities said.

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