Woman who abducted son, took him to Memphis, ordered held without bail

A woman who abducted her 21-month-old son last month has been ordered held without bail after being extradited from Memphis, Tenn., where she was arrested and the boy found safe, police said.

Taneil Curtis, 33, was charged with felony child abduction after she took her son during a supervised visit at a South Holland restaurant Nov. 7, according to a release from Cook County Sheriff’s police. The boy is in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Curtis was ordered held without bail in a hearing Sunday in Cook County Bond Court, after being extradited from Memphis Dec. 14.

On Nov. 7, Curtis asked her case officer if she could get a glass of water for her son, then got up with the child and ran out the door, Dart said earlier this month.

"This visitation was supervised by a veteran staffer of one of our nonprofit partners, who immediately called 911, and police arrived within minutes," DCFS spokesman Dave Clarkin said earlier this month.

Curtis and the child got into a waiting rental truck and fled, Dart said. The truck was later found by South Holland police, and officials determined it had been rented by Kirk Alexander, the mother's boyfriend.

Alexander, 35, was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender and remains in custody at the Cook County Jail, Dart said.

Before the boy was born, Curtis had already lost custody of three other children due to "substantial risk of physical harm," Dart said.

When Curtis abducted the boy, she already had four warrants for her arrest. She previously had taken the same son without notifying DCFS soon after he was born in 2011.

Curtis and the baby were located in September in Hammond, Ind., and the boy has been in DCFS custody since then, according to police.

Curtis is scheduled for a court hearing in Markham Branch Court on Tuesday at 9 a.m.


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