ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A 2-month-old girl was reunited with her mother Monday, three days after deputies say she was kidnapped at gunpoint and driven 200 miles from her Broward County home.
Deputies have not released any information on the suspected motive behind the armed kidnapping but said the suspects are cousins of the baby’s mother.
“Everyone’s good. We’re happy. Thank you, Jesus,” said a family member of the mother. who was held at gunpoint.
Taraji Kemp was lying next to her mother Friday when two people stormed into their home on 14th Court near Ft. Lauderdale.
They took Kemp at gunpoint and fled, causing a statewide Amber Alert and 17-hour search for the girl.
“An unidentified mother was sleeping in the home with her infant daughter and another child, when armed intruders entered the home and kidnapped the baby girl,” Broward County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said. “One intruder had a gun.”
Kemp was found Saturday abandoned, but safe, in a car seat at an apartment complex in Orange County, deputies said.
The young girl was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as a precaution.
Investigators arrested Stephanie Augustin, 24, and the 14-year-old, who wasn't publicly identified, in connection with the armed kidnapping.
A trooper spotted Augustin, a cousin of the infant's mother, on Florida's Turnpike near the Osceola-Indian River county line Saturday.
Augustin was driving back to South Florida after she fled to Orange County, where she has an apartment, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Augustin faces charges that include child abuse, armed burglary and kidnapping. She is being held without bond at the Broward County Jail. Augustin is cooperating with investigators.
Family attended Augustin’s first appearance and said they’re just glad everyone is safe.
The teenager, who deputies say was armed during the alleged home invasion, is in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice and will be charged as a juvenile.
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