A Kansas City woman faces child kidnapping charges after allegedly carrying off a 3-year-old boy she found walking alone outside.
Bystanders who saw the incident Tuesday night attempted to stop the woman and followed her until police arrived.
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Ariella E. Scrivner, 34, is being held in Jackson County Jail on a bond of $150,000.
The child’s mother told police that she gave her son permission to go alone next door to her sister’s house. A man sitting on a nearby front porch saw the boy walking and then saw Scrivner walk up to the boy, speak to him and pick him up, according to allegations outlined in court documents.
Witnesses said she started to walk away, and the man said he yelled for her to stop. She kept walking, and the man followed her. A second witness got into a car and followed her.
The woman, carrying the boy, got into another car with a male driver. The second witness then got out of his car and stood in front of the car with the woman and the male driver and told the two not to go anywhere. The male driver then “kicked her (Scrivner) out” of the car, the witnesses told police.
Scrivner then allegedly took the boy and walked to a nearby business, where she told a security guard that she was being followed. When the guard asked if the child was hers, she allegedly replied, “No. Maybe.”
Police then arrived and took custody of the boy. When a detective tried to speak later with Scrivner, she refused to come out of her jail cell, according to the court documents.