Woman Sentenced For Kidnapping Baby
A woman has been sentenced to two years in jail for kidnapping a nine week old baby in Telford.
Kelly Mahon, 41 of John Broad Avenue in Arleston, Telford has been sentenced to two years in prison for the kidnap of a nine-week-old baby earlier this year.
She appeared before Shrewsbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to one count of kidnap at an earlier hearing on Tuesday 29 March.
The crime happened at around 2:30pm on Wednesday 24 February when Mahon knocked on the front door of a family's home on Manor Road in Arleston, Telford.
When the baby's mother answered the door, Mahon told her that her husband and their other children had been involved in a car crash a few streets away. Mahon offered to look after the, then, nine-week-old baby boy while his mum rushed to the aid of her family.
When the little boy's mother returned to the address after finding there had been no collision and her family were safely on their way home, she found both Mahon and the infant were gone.
Police were alerted to the incident at approximately 3pm and a wide scale hunt for the child and the woman was launched.
Thanks to information given by the public following local, national and online appeals, police officers found the child, fast asleep and uninjured, at Mahon's home address at approximately 6:10pm the same day.
Officers took the sleeping baby to hospital to be checked over by staff before being reunited with his family a short while later.
What the police said
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson of the West Mercia Major Investigation Unit said: "First and foremost we would like to commend the family of the little baby boy for their strength and bravery throughout this entire ordeal.
"None of us can even begin to imagine how his parent's must have been feeling for those few hours and the agony they must have gone through. We are so pleased that today we have seen justice done for them.
"Crimes of this nature are, thankfully, incredibly rare but West Mercia Police does have robust systems in place to respond, should the worst happen and a dynamic investigation was immediately launched after we received the report of the child's disappearance.''
What the family said
"Our son is a beautiful, healthy and happy boy. He is very loving and is developing a distinct personality of his own. We cannot express our delight and utter relief that he was returned to us safe and well.
"When we realised he was gone, we have never felt an emotion like it before. We hope no parents ever feel the way I felt that day. What happened is every parent's worst nightmare and the reality is worse than you can ever imagine.
"We cannot put into words how grateful we are to West Mercia Police for bringing our baby back to us. We are forever thankful for their hard work. We would also like to thank everyone who called the police to share information on who took our baby.''