NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A suspect in the abduction of a baby in Niles has been arrested.
Officials say that at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Rayvon Parker abducted a 4-month-old baby from the home of the child’s grandmother in Niles.
According to the report, Parker does not reside at the home he entered on Wilson Avenue. Although he is a relative, he does not have custody of the 4-month-old child, according to police.
Niles Detective Captain John Marshall said the child’s grandmother, with whom the child and his mother were staying, advised police that she believes Parker is usually armed and she was afraid that he would shoot her.
911 call: “They have a child together but he was trespassing. He wasn’t supposed to be there and she was not even there. She was at work.”
Parker’s mother reached out to First News about Wednesday morning’s events. Parker had called her after he took the baby out of the house.
“I said OK, um, that was stupid. Take the baby back because you didn’t ask her. He said, ‘Well, I’ll just keep him for a little bit and until she calls…’ and then next thing you know, the police was at their house. The girl was never there.'”
The baby was being watched by his aunt at the time.
Captain Marshall said that witnesses relayed information to the police regarding the suspect vehicle, and officers used that information along with cell phone location to find Parker. During the search for the child, officers spoke to Parker via telephone and Parker indicated that the child may have been injured but would not disclose his location.
An AMBER Alert was then issued.
Reports say that the 4-month-old was found safe just around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Officials confirmed that the infant is in good condition and is being returned to the mother.
Parker was arrested by officers from the Niles Police Department and taken to jail.
The question of whether or not Parker was the legal father came up in court later that morning on Wednesday.
Judge Christopher Shaker: “So the natural mother is the mother, is the custodial mother by operation of law, unless he goes to court and the child’s paternalized. So if the child has not been paternalized, he has no visitation rights until he does address that with the court. He has not done that?”
Public defender: “From my understanding, he has not done that. Parental rights and responsibilities on his behalf have not been determined.”
Parker said in court he never needed to establish parental rights within the court, that the child has always been with him.
Parker was charged with kidnapping and aggravated burglary and a bond was set for $500,000.
He is slated to return to court next Wednesday.