Kidnapped Athens infant located unharmed


By Joe Johnson

A 9-month-old boy who was kidnaped Friday night was found unharmed Saturday morning, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The kidnapping occurred at about 11:30 p.m. at the child's house in the 100 block of Live Oak Drive.

The mother had just returned home and was allowing her child, Saint Griffin James, to remain sleeping in his car seat while she made some trips into her home, according to police.

The car was locked with the keys inside, and the vehicle possibly was running, said Lt. Shaun Barnett, ACCPD’s public information officer.

“We think this was a car theft and the thief did not realize there was a child in the vehicle," Barnett said.

An Amber Alert for the kidnapped child was issued at 3:46 a.m., and some seven hours later, at 10:44 a.m., police were notified that the child was found unharmed, still in the car that was abandoned on Elkview Drive in the Garnett Ridge subdivision, Barnett said.

The child was checked out by National EMS personnel and reunited with his mother, the officer said.

The car was being examined for evidence by police forensic technicians, according to Barnett, who said there were no suspects,



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