17-Year-Old Charged In Infant's Kidnapping
Leeann Ravens (Police Photo)
Leeann Ravens, of the 1500 block of North Massasoit Avenue, was charged this morning with one count of aggravated kidnapping of a child under 13, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Michael Fitzpatrick.
The family reported the baby missing Sunday after Ravens took the girl from the North Austin home, Fitzpatrick said.
Bond was set for Ravens at $100,000 in a hearing today before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese.
Ravens was babysitting for the girl recently and when the baby's mother returned home, Ravens had left with the infant without permission, said Cook County state's attorney spokesman Andy Conklin. The baby's mother went through Ravens' diary, looking for phone numbers or other information to find out where the baby might have been taken, then called police when Ravens did not return, authorities said.
Ravens, who recently had had a miscarriage, asked another person to care for the infant, claiming the girl was her own, prosecutors said.
After the baby's family called 911, police issued an all-call radio bulletin about Ravens and the infant, Fitzpatrick said. On Monday morning, acting on a tip, officers went to a residence in the 4200 block of West Jackson Boulevard, Fitzpatrick said. As the officers arrived, Ravens tried to flee out the back of the home with the infant, he said.
As a 17 year old, Ravens is considered an adult under Illinois criminal law. She was on supervision in an unrelated misdemeanor criminal case at the time she was charged with kidnapping, prosecutors said.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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