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Columbia woman arrested in abduction of her son

A 26-year-old Columbia woman who lost custody of her 2 1/2 -year-old son last year is being held in the Howard County Detention Center on numerous charges stemming from his abduction over the weekend.

Jennifer Nolan was arrested in Baltimore County early Sunday morning, hours after Howard County police said she took her son, Kingston Nolan Gresser, from her mother's home in Columbia.


Documents show she is charged with abduction, second-degree assault, hiding a child, reckless endangerment and violation of a protective order.

This was the latest incident in a custody battle between Nolan and her former boyfriend, Theodore Gresser.


In August 2008, Gresser was awarded temporary sole custody of his son. Last Thursday, Nolan filed charges against Gresser of theft, harassment and telephone misuse in Howard County District Court, which issued a warrant for his arrest. On Saturday, Nolan asked police to accompany her to Gresser's Columbia residence so she could pick up some personal items. She told police of the warrant, and Gresser was arrested.

Police called Nolan's mother to pick up the child at Gresser's home in the 9800 block of Soft Water Way. After the boy's grandmother picked up the toddler, Nolan followed her mother back to the mother's house in the 5200 block of Winding Star Circle. After a brief struggle, Nolan took the child and drove away, police said. Nolan's mother then called police.

A missing-person report was filed. Police said Jennifer Nolan and her son were found by officers about 1:45 a.m. during a traffic stop in White Marsh. The boy was unharmed, police said.

Court records show Nolan's mother had filed a protective order against her daughter in Howard County District Court in November. Nolan was ordered to move out of her mother's home and not have any contact with her mother.

Records also showed that Nolan had been arraigned Friday on a 35-count indictment in Caroline County Circuit Court on charges of fraud, forgery, counterfeiting and identity theft.

Charges against Gresser are being reviewed, a Howard County police spokeswoman said Monday.