Father denied bond in Clayton County baby kidnapping case - CBS46 News

Father denied bond in Clayton County baby kidnapping case

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Montevious Terrell Howard (child's father) Montevious Terrell Howard (child's father)

A baby kidnapped by non-custodial teen parents was found safe early Thursday.

Clayton County police spokeswoman Chandi Ashmore said 8-month-old Montevious Whitfield was found with his parents and was taken to a hospital to be checked out, but appeared fine.

The parents were arrested and charged with kidnapping and interference with custody.

The child's father 17-year-old Montevious Terrell Howard was denied bond during a court appearance on Thursday.

His next court date is set for May 10.

Police believed the child was in danger when his parents kidnapped him on Tuesday.

During an exclusive interview with CBS Atlanta News, Leslie Howard, Montevious' grandmother, made an emotional plea to her son and his girlfriend.

"I would like for Montevious and Jamika to return Montevious. I wish he (her son) hadn't made this decision," said Leslie Howard.

Leslie Howard wished her son would have thought twice before he and his girlfriend kidnapped their 8-month-old boy.

"They (Georgia Department of Family and Children Services) had the baby in DFACS custody because of an incident with Jamika burning the baby," said Leslie Howard.

Ashmore said Montevious Howard and his girlfriend, who Leslie Howard identified as Jamika Whitfield, kidnapped their son Montevious Whitfield from the Smith Transitional and Rehabilitation Services on Commerce Boulevard in Riverdale.

"There was a supervised visit with the juvenile, mom visiting her child through DFACS Clayton County. The mom left the location without permission with the child," said Ashmore.

Ashmore said a friend of the child's parents was waiting outside. She dropped them off somewhere in Atlanta.

"The vehicle and the owner were located. The owner was not aware that there was anything going on that was illegal," said Ashmore.

Montevious Howard lives with his mom in Atlanta. A CBS Atlanta News crew was there when police arrived to question her.

"The DFCS office said they were going to adopt the baby and it would take three years or something. I think that's what scared them and made them react," said Leslie Howard.

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