A 21-year-old Massachusetts woman is behind bars in the bizarre kidnapping of a 2-year-old girl who was snatched from her home and found hours later sitting nude by the side of a road with a bruised and shaved head, police said.
Police in Hamilton, Mass., say 21-year-old Abigail Hanna, the little girl’s former babysitter, broke into the child's home in the middle of the night and kidnapped the baby. She had recently been fired by the child’s parents, MyFoxBoston reported Saturday.
The parents of Lyndon Albers called 911 when they woke up Friday and found their baby missing. The toddler was found alone hours later, about seven miles away in Rowley, by Tom and Marge Crosby, a couple who were driving by in their car.
The couple said they saw the toddler sitting in a pile of leaves on the side of the road, the station reported. They said the girl was shivering and had a contusion on her head about the size of “a softball.”
She was found naked with her head shaved, the station reported.
Hanna, 21, of Topsfield, was arrested Saturday on charges of kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a child, and breaking and entering in the nighttime, Hamilton police said.
She was being held without bail.
The Crosbys told the Boston Herald they were driving to a boutique they own when something caught their eye on the side of the road.
“Tom says, ‘I think I just saw a baby on the side of the road.’ I said, ‘What, are you crazy,’” Marge Crosby told the paper.
“I don’t want to say a vision but that’s what it was—a vision. I drove by and then quickly it flashed through my head. I said, ‘Was that a baby or was it a doll?’’ Tom Crosby said.
They swung the car around to check, the paper reported Saturday.
Tom Crosby said he wrapped the child in his coat and scooped her up in the back seat of their car. They called police who responded in minutes.
Lyndon was taken to a nearby hospital where she was listed in fair condition.
Then she was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital.
Hamilton police said Saturday they were asked by the parents not to give an update on the child’s condition.