Homeless Woman Charged With Kidnapping Florida Boy

By: AP
By: AP

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - May 31, 2011-

Authorities say a homeless woman is accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old Sarasota boy.

Sarasota police say Angela Charles grabbed the boy outside New
Bethel Baptist Church about 2 p.m. Sunday.

According to reports, the woman told the child, "I'm your new
mother."

Police say the woman forced the boy to walk with her to a store
on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The child was able to get away and
approached a Sarasota County Sheriff's deputy who was inside a
parked patrol car. He told the deputy what had happened and
described Charles.

The boy's mother, who had been alerted by a witness about the
kidnapping, caught up with the child as he talked to the deputy.

Charles is being held in the Sarasota County Jail on a $50,000
bond.


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