Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged a 16-year-old juvenile female in connection with the kidnapping of 30-year-old Detroit woman's 14-day-old twin infants that caused an Amber Alert. The juvenile respondent is not being charged as an adult defendant; she has been adult designated. This means that upon conviction an adult designation allows the judge to have the option of sentencing the respondent as a juvenile, or as an adult, or to fashion a blended juvenile sentence with the option of imposing an adult sentence if the juvenile is not rehabilitated.
On August 24, 2023, Curtis Lee Slay, 18, Demetrius Sherman Chandler, 19, and Shantell Re-Azia Jones, 23, all of Detroit were charged with two counts of Kidnapping - Child Enticement, two counts of Unlawful Imprisonment, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping - Child Enticement, and three counts of Larceny in a Building * in connection with the kidnapping.
On August 20, 2023, at approximately 10:10 p.m., at a hotel in the 30370 block of Plymouth Road in Livonia, it is alleged that defendants kidnapped the children from their hotel room when the mother left the room briefly. The mother called 911 and an Amber Alert was issued. The children were turned in to the Detroit Police Department on August 21, 2023, at 9:45 a.m. It is alleged that Ms. Jones befriended the mother of the twins all the while intending to steal them from their mother. Ms. Jones was allegedly aided in this effort by Mr. Slay, Mr. Sherman Chandler, and the juvenile respondent.
The juvenile respondent has been charged with two counts of Kidnapping - Child Enticement, two counts of Unlawful Imprisonment, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping - Child Enticement, and three counts of Larceny in a Building. * She was arraigned and remanded to a juvenile facility before Referee Lisa Winer in the Lincoln Hall of Justice. Her preliminary examination will be held on September 7, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., before Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller.
"It is hard to imagine a worse scenario for a new mother. The evidence in this case will show that these defendants engaged in a scheme to dupe the mother of these barely two-week-old babies. They allegedly promised her some much-needed assistance to gain access to her children with the express intent on stealing them," said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.