Police say a mother abducted her child from her grandparents' house Tuesday evening and then took her to court for a hearing. Authorities say a courthouse employee recognized the mother and child and alerted deputies.
Shasawanna Speight, along with her mother and aunt were arrested Wednesday on a charge of felony child abduction.
Ayden Police Chief Barry Stanley says the mother, who does not have custody of her daughter Jada Wilkins, abducted her child from her grandparents' home.
Stanley says the mother lured her daughter out of the home saying she had a present for her in the car. Then, she put her in the car and drove off.
Speight's mother, Faye Vines and her aunt, Nancy Britt were also in the car at the time of the alleged abduction, according to Stanley.
Jada's father, James Wilkins, was in Ohio at the time. Jada was visiting her grandparents when this happened.
Wilkins told NewsChannel 12 Speight came to the courthouse to try and get a "mercy hearing" to change her custody status. However, when a courthouse employee recognized her she was arrested instead.
Jada has since been placed back into the hands of her father who has full custody of their child.
All three women are being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. They are scheduled to make their first appearance in court Thursday morning.