Woman held for abduction of toddler and stealing police vehicle

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Woman held for abduction of toddler and stealing police vehicle

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested after she abducted a toddler and attempted to escape in a stolen police vehicle.

Reports state that at around 6:43 pm last evening, the parents of a one-year-old girl notified police that they were at their Arima home when a young woman known to them paid them a visit. The parents told police they stepped away for a moment to attend to a family matter, only to return and discover the woman and their baby missing.

The parents enquired from persons around the village and were told that the child allegedly was taken by the visiting woman and was seen walking in a northerly direction along Tumpuna Road.

Around 10:45 pm that same day, police officers on mobile patrol observed a speeding police vehicle driving east along the Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna.  Further checks revealed that an unauthorised woman was driving the marked police vehicle.

The TTPS says the mobile patrol officers gave chase and intercepted the vehicle in the vicinity of the Eddie Hart Savannah, Eastern Main Road, Tacarigua.

It was later revealed that the marked police vehicle was unlawfully obtained from the Cunupia Police Station District. When police officers checked the vehicle, they found the toddler inside.

The TTPS says the child was removed, reunited with her parents and escorted to the hospital to seek medical attention.

The woman was arrested and taken to the Cunupia Police Station for processing pending charges.