Thursday 26 November, 2020

4 suspects still in custody after baby's kidnapping

Police are still questioning four people, including a 19-year-old woman from Central Trinidad, for the kidnapping of nine-month-old Sophia Rivas.

Baby Sophia was found at a house along McInroy Street, Curepe, around 10.50 pm on Tuesday night in the company of the woman who allegedly kidnapped her.

She had not been harmed. However, the 19-year-old woman, and three other men, who were in the apartment at the time, were also taken into custody.

They have all been separated and taken to police stations throughout the country where they are being questioned.

Police are hopeful that charges against the four will be laid over the weekend.

Baby Sophia was recused on Tuesday night, hours after she was kidnapped, during a police operation led by Snr Sup Simon and Sup Mystar.

It also included ASP Michael Pierre, Insp Raghoo, Sgt Nelson, Sgt Basant, Sgt Andrew, Sgt Cielto, Sgt Badree, and others from the Central Division.

Assistance was also provided by officers from the Anti Kidnapping Unit, the Special Investigations Unit, the Cyber Crime Unit, and the Northern Division.

Sgt Andrews is continuing investigations.

Police were told that Baby Sophia was kidnapped around 7.30 am on Tuesday from her apartment in Chaguanas.

Her mother, an 18-year-old Venezuelan national, told police that the 19-year-old woman, who she was familiar with, came to the apartment and the two had a friendly chat. She then offered to take Baby Sophia to the nearby supermarket to buy her a treat, and so that the mother could get some time for herself.

However, while CCTV cameras did record the woman in the business, she left the supermarket and entered a silver station wagon.

After realizing her child had not returned, the 18-year-old woman raised an alarm, and notified the police.

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