By The Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Authorities in Alabama were looking for a missing infant and a teenage girl who may be linked to the boy’s alleged abduction Tuesday night.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety issued an alert for 10-month-old De’Anthony Dejuan Kelly and 14-year-old Dor’Sayde Gathright after the boy was reported missing Tuesday.
Authorities said Gathright walked off with the child while he was being cared for by Gathright’s mother, who is the child’s godmother.
The teenage girl and another woman were seen getting into a 2010 silver Dodge Charger with a man, authorities said. The infant was last seen around 1 a.m. Monday at a home in Birmingham.
Authorities said the vehicle may have been headed to Mississippi. Officials on Tuesday didn’t have a license plate number for the car.
The infant’s mother, Latonya Kelley, told AL.com that one of her friends told her she was taking her son to have his diaper changed and that she would keep him for the night. Kelly said she visited the friend’s apartment Tuesday morning and was told that her friend’s 14-year-old daughter had taken the boy to another nearby friend’s house.
“At that time we still weren’t alarmed,” the boy’s grandmother, Bernadine Kelley, told AL.com. “She had watched him before and he had been returned safely and everything had been fine.”
Latonya Kelly said calls to Gathright weren’t answered or returned Tuesday afternoon, and that’s when panic began setting in.
“At times I feel dead cold inside and other times I fell the devil has lit a fire inside me,” Latonya Kelley said. “I feel helpless. I’m hurt and confused. I’m angry as hell. I blame myself.”
Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams says authorities are unsure of why Kelly’s child was taken. “We’re just trying to recover the baby and find out where they are,” he told AL.com. “Hopefully the baby is still OK.”