A mother and grandmother turned themselves in Friday afternoon after abducting a 7-year-old boy from his bed in Glen Burnie the night before during an apparent custody dispute, Anne Arundel County police said.
Police said they located Prophet Marquis Matthew Johnson roughly 11 hours after they issued an Amber Alert early Friday morning reporting that he was missing. He was not harmed.
Prophet’s mother, Tiffany Charquita Johnson, turned herself at Baltimore County Police Station around 3:30 p.m., Anne Arundel police said. She walked in with Prophet, who will be returned to the custody of his father.
Police said they arrested Johnson, 30, and Prophet’s maternal grandmother, Devoris Brenda Szalkowski, 57.
Szalkowski, of District Heights, has been charged with kidnapping, home invasion and burglary, online court records show. Johnson’s case does not yet appear in court records.
It’s unclear if either woman is being represented by an attorney.
Authorities believed Prophet was in the custody of Johnson, Szalkowski and two other people, according to police.
They did not believe the boy was in danger, said Sgt. Kam Cooke, police spokesperson.
Prophet was last seen around 11 p.m. Thursday in Glen Burnie, around the same time police responded to the 400 block of Glen Mar Circle after somebody called 911 about a home invasion and child abduction.
Police said Prophet’s mom, maternal grandmother and two unidentified males forced their way into the apartment, where the boy was staying with his father and paternal grandparents. They allegedly assaulted the father, snatched Prophet from his bed and fled.
“All we really know is there appears to be a custody dispute going on," Cooke said.
He added that the father or grandparents sustained minor injuries, which didn’t require them to be taken to the hospital. No weapons were reported during the altercation and Cooke said the father and grandparents may have been injured when the door was forced open.
Police ask that anyone with information call investigators at 410-222-4731 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, dial 410-222-4700 for the county’s tip line.
A Baltimore Sun staff member contributed to this story.