Mon. May 20th, 2019

Police: ‘By the grace of God’ infant found alive after bogus kidnapping report by mother

A woman who reported that she and her infant daughter were kidnapped Thursday has been charged with attempted murder after she lied about the whole thing, according to the Henderson County sheriff.Krista Madden, 35, was charged with first-degree attempted murder and is being held at the Henderson County Detention Center on $750,000 bond, according to…
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A woman who reported that she and her infant daughter were kidnapped Thursday has been charged with attempted murder after she lied about the whole thing, according to the Henderson County sheriff.Krista Madden, 35, was charged with first-degree attempted murder and is being held at the Henderson County Detention Center on $750,000 bond, according to police and the detention center website.During a morning news conference, Sheriff Lowell Griffin called the discovery of the baby miraculous.”It’s by the grace of God that we’re standing here with a child that’s been discovered and is alive,” he said.The baby, 7-week-old Shaylie Madden, is said to be in “very good condition,” but he did not provide specifics on her condition.Baby found in woodsJust before 8 p.m., a woman called 911 to report that she and her husband found a baby that had been tossed over a bank off Slick Rock Road, Griffin said.Griffin said a woman had gone to her mailbox to check for mail and heard the faint cry of what she thought was a baby.She called her husband, who went down about a 75-foot embankment to find the infant who had rolled out of her car seat, Griffin said.The woman was recorded crying as she told a dispatcher that they found the baby “down in the woods.”She said the baby was bruised, her head was “banged up” and her leg was badly injured.“There’s no people down here,” she said. “We’re in a remote area. Somebody must have pulled up beside and tossed her like a piece of trash.”“It’s a little baby girl,” she said. “She’s so scared. She’s so scared.”Mother made up story, sheriff saysGriffin said Madden lied about the kidnapping.”At this point, we don’t believe that (her story) to be factual at all — none of that,” he said.Asheville police said Madden reported that she and her 7-week-old infant, Shaylie, were kidnapped about 4:30 p.m along Dearborn Street in Biltmore Park.Police said Madden told them two people wearing ski masks were driving a silver 2014 Mazda CX5 with North Carolina tag, EMX-5984.She said Shaylie was wearing a pink onesie with horizontal white stripes, police said.Madden gave a vague description of the two suspects.Investigators were able to ping Madden’s phone to be in the area of east Henderson County on Grant Mountain Road.As deputies were headed there, they were notified that someone living in the area had found an abandoned car in the area at Barnwell Baptist Church, Griffin said.As deputies arrived, they encountered Madden, who told them she had escaped the kidnappers, Griffin said.Madden was taken to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in Hendersonville to be evaluated and interviewed, Griffin said.”All indications lead us to believe that she was the one, and she acted alone,” Griffin said, referring to Madden.During a short bond hearing Friday, Madden waived her right for a court-appointed attorney. Her next court appearance was set for May 28.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. —

A woman who reported that she and her infant daughter were kidnapped Thursday has been charged with attempted murder after she lied about the whole thing, according to the Henderson County sheriff.

Krista Madden, 35, was charged with first-degree attempted murder and is being held at the Henderson County Detention Center on $750,000 bond, according to police and the detention center website.

During a morning news conference, Sheriff Lowell Griffin called the discovery of the baby miraculous.

“It’s by the grace of God that we’re standing here with a child that’s been discovered and is alive,” he said.

The baby, 7-week-old Shaylie Madden, is said to be in “very good condition,” but he did not provide specifics on her condition.

Baby found in woods

Just before 8 p.m., a woman called 911 to report that she and her husband found a baby that had been tossed over a bank off Slick Rock Road, Griffin said.

Griffin said a woman had gone to her mailbox to check for mail and heard the faint cry of what she thought was a baby.

She called her husband, who went down about a 75-foot embankment to find the infant who had rolled out of her car seat, Griffin said.

The woman was recorded crying as she told a dispatcher that they found the baby “down in the woods.”

She said the baby was bruised, her head was “banged up” and her leg was badly injured.

“There’s no people down here,” she said. “We’re in a remote area. Somebody must have pulled up beside and tossed her like a piece of trash.”

“It’s a little baby girl,” she said. “She’s so scared. She’s so scared.”

Mother made up story, sheriff says

Griffin said Madden lied about the kidnapping.

“At this point, we don’t believe that (her story) to be factual at all — none of that,” he said.

Asheville police said Madden reported that she and her 7-week-old infant, Shaylie, were kidnapped about 4:30 p.m along Dearborn Street in Biltmore Park.

Police said Madden told them two people wearing ski masks were driving a silver 2014 Mazda CX5 with North Carolina tag, EMX-5984.

She said Shaylie was wearing a pink onesie with horizontal white stripes, police said.

Madden gave a vague description of the two suspects.

Investigators were able to ping Madden’s phone to be in the area of east Henderson County on Grant Mountain Road.

As deputies were headed there, they were notified that someone living in the area had found an abandoned car in the area at Barnwell Baptist Church, Griffin said.

As deputies arrived, they encountered Madden, who told them she had escaped the kidnappers, Griffin said.

Madden was taken to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in Hendersonville to be evaluated and interviewed, Griffin said.

“All indications lead us to believe that she was the one, and she acted a



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