LANCASTER — The father and grandmother of a 9-month-old Lancaster boy were charged, police say, after the man kidnapped his son and refused to return him to his mother, and the grandmother refused to tell police where the child was.
At about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, police went to a Rutledge Street home, where a woman reported that the father of her child, Daquavius Wade, took her son without her permission and refused to return him, according to a Lancaster Police Department news release.
She told police that earlier in the evening, Wade had asked her to bring the child to a friend’s house so he could go trick-or-treating.
The woman took their son to the Louise Street house, where an argument soon began between the two parents, the release states. That’s when Wade took the child from the car, saying, “If my momma can’t see my baby, neither can your momma.”
Wade took the woman’s cell phone so she could not call police, the release states. The woman left, but returned a short time later to try to get her son back. Wade returned her phone, but refused to hand over the child. The woman went home and called sheriff’s deputies, who called police officers.
When police called Tonya Ross, Wade’s mother, she told them she knew where the child was, but she would not disclose his whereabouts. She became “increasingly uncooperative,” the release states.
Police went to Ross’ home, also on Rutledge Street, where they planned to arrest Wade on a kidnapping charge and Ross on a charge of accessory to kidnapping after the fact, police said. Ross refused to open the door for officers and cooperate.
Officers forced their way into the home, where they found the child with his father and grandmother. They arrested Wade and Ross and took them to the Lancaster County Detention Center, where they are being held without bond.
Police said the boy was not injured, and they returned him to his mother.