Mother faces charges in son’s ‘abduction’

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

FRANKLIN—The mother of a five-month-old boy who had been reported kidnapped has been charged with felony child neglect and filing a false police report after an investigation revealed problems with her story.

Franklin Police Lt. Walter Joyner said Friday that Tenia Warren of Dorchester Street was released on bond after being arrested on Thursday in the course of an investigation to the supposed abduction of her son, Kyleak.

Police have dropped charges of kidnapping that had been lodged against Sherry Harris of Newport News, who had been identified by the mother as the last one to have been seen with the boy before his alleged disappearance in early June.

Joyner said that Harris was found in Aulander, N.C., Thursday, some time after the child was found in the same town. The woman, described only as an acquaintance of Tenia Warren, is cooperating with police, he added. The boy had been found at the home of another male acquaintance.

Joyner said &uot;a lot of phone calls from citizens,&uot; some of whom had seen television news reports of the investigation, helped police track down the boy. The Department of Social Services then helped police find the woman.

The boy was healthy and in good shape when he was found, Joyner said. He is now in a foster home after being placed in the custody of social services.

Several Franklin police officers, including Cpl. Keith Rose, Sgt. Kenny Barham and patrol officers Joe Spurling and Terrence Howell continued their investigation after the boy had been found. They developed the information that prompted police to charge the mother, Joyner said.

&uot;A lot of effort was put out by the officers,&uot; he said. &uot;It was because of their tenacity and because of their dedication to service that we were able to wrap up this investigation as quickly as we did.&uot;