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Woman accused of kidnapping child in Bartow County faces judge

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Samantha Nicole Barrett, William Kaidyn Stover Samantha Nicole Barrett, William Kaidyn Stover

The woman accused of kidnapping an 8-month-old child in Bartow County faced a judge Thursday morning.

Samantha Nicole Barrett, 22, appeared in court and asked for a public defender.

Barrett will remain in custody due to pending charges in other jurisdictions and her case was bound over to superior court.

It started Tuesday night when police said Barrett took William "Kaidyn" Stover from his mother, Kristen Howard, by stealing the car on Comanchee Drive in Cartersville with the child strapped inside.

Howard's purse and cell phone were left in the car. Authorities pinged the cell phone to find out the location of the car.

Kaidyn was taken on a wild police chase that ended when the car police say Barrett was driving went off the road, nearly rolling over. It came to a rest on an embankment.  In a cloud of smoke, police said Barrett jumped out of the car and fled on foot.  Deputies with Butts County were able to take her into custody. Another deputy from Butts County pulled Kaidyn out of the car. The 8-month-old was not hurt.

The chase started at about 12:30 p.m. when Henry County police spotted the car and attempted to make a traffic stop. They were alerted to the vehicle in the area after a 911 caller contacted authorities.

Barrett stopped for a moment to let a man out of a vehicle and continued.  Police said that man was a friend of Barrett.  He was questioned and released without facing any charges.

The Butts County Sheriff's Office was notified and spotted the vehicle as well.

A Butts County sheriff's deputy then placed spike strips along Jodeco Road on the Henry/Butts County line.

Barrett continued to flee and then crashed down an embankment off Buck Creek Road in Butts County.

Howard was reunited with her son at the Henry County Police Department and was able to take her son home late Wednesday evening.

"I am doing well, my baby is well," Howard said.

Howard had some strong language to describe Barrett, someone she considered a friend.

"We are enemies now, she's a piece of [expletive]," Howard said.  "I hope they light her [expletive] on fire."

Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

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