4-year-old kidnapped from Londell home while grandmother was sleeping

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Sheriff's department releases a correction to the initial report. Corrections are in italics.

Lonedell, Mo. Friday night at approximately 11:17 p.m. Franklin County Deputies responded to the 6000 block of Cherokee Lane in Lonedell for a report of a kidnapping of a 4-year-old child. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the child’s grandmother who lived at the residence.

The grandmother advised deputies that she had sole custody of the child.

However, upon further investigation the biological mother had custody but had dropped of the child back in September.

She stated that she put her grandson to bed in the living-room then went into the neighboring bedroom and went to sleep.

The grandmother stated that she woke up shortly thereafter to check on her grandson and noticed he was no longer there. She stated she saw the front door open and ran towards the door. As she exited the residence she noticed two people running away from her residence towards Cherokee Lane and Oak Grove Church Rd wearing black hoodies.

One of the subjects was carrying her grandson wrapped into a blanket. She stated the suspects entered into a dark color passenger car bearing no license plates and drove off.

During interviews, deputies learned that one of the suspects might be the biological mother of the child. Family members and associates of the biological mother reportedly live in neighboring Jefferson County.It is believed that the biological mother may be staying with her father in Jefferson County.

Franklin County deputies, along with Jefferson County deputies, began working the investigation. Jefferson and Franklin County authorities began contacting associates of the biological mother. Upon arrival at the biological mother’s father’s residence in Jefferson County, he refused to come to the door.

Deputies determined at that time that there was a warrant for his arrest and found a meth lab located inside the residence.

Jefferson County deputies later received a call from the child’s biological mother stating that she had the child. She stated that she would meet them at a location in Jefferson County. After some time, she did arrive at the location but did not have the child. Jefferson County deputies continued to contact associates of the biological mother and eventually located the child at a residence in Jefferson County unharmed. He was returned back to the grandmother.

Initially warrant were be sought for parental kidnapping, burglary in the 1st degree, trespassing in the 1st degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.

However after further investigation and determining that the mother did have sole custody she is now only be charged with trespassing in the first degree.

The biological mother admitted that she had been planning to take the child for four months. She is identified as a white female, age 21, living in the Robertsville and House Springs area. Further investigation is being conducted.

The great cooperation from Jefferson County deputies helped bring this case to a successful conclusion.