July 17, 2006
Two Madison County children are back home safe and sound Monday after an Amber Alert was issued Sunday night. Police say they were kidnapped by their babysitter.
Everyone is doing as well as can be expected, the kids healthy and happy. The parents are just glad to have them back after going through one of the worst things a parent every has to go through.
Shavannah Williams says she can hardly put into words the joy she feels now that her kids are home again.
"I just feel like crying, but I don't feel like crying...I'm glad to see them smiling and back with me," she said.
"It's a wonderful feeling. It's a wonderful feeling," said the kids' father, Derrick Jasper.
On Friday morning, two-year-old Diyon and 11-month-old Amaya went with their babysitter, Stacy Smith, to D.C. for the day. They were supposed to be back later that evening, but never showed up. No one heard anything from Smith, who is also the fiancé of the children's grandfather. The move, surprising to Williams.
"She never had the characteristics of being a type of person that would just take off with somebody's children and not tell them," said the mother.
When the children had still not returned by Saturday, the parents went to the police. On Sunday, an Amber Alert was issued.
"Once we got the Amber Alert up and running, within 15 minutes we were started receiving calls. That was a big plus to our department and our investigation," said Madison County Sheriff, E.J. Weaver.
Smith eventually turned herself into authorities early Monday morning in Maryland. The kids were found safe Sunday night at a relative's home. But now, the question still remains.
"Why?...What was she getting out of it?" asked Jasper.
"She could've called and told me where she was. I just want to know why she took them for so long [when] she could've brought them back," said Williams.
Fortunately, now they are back, and their mother says once again feels complete.
"Your heart is back...because your whole heart was just missing. You're basically skipping a beat, every beat," Williams said about the ordeal.
Williams says throughout the whole ordeal, she did not believe her children were in any serious danger because Smith treated them like her own.
Smith is currently being held in Calvert County, Maryland and is facing abduction and kidnapping charges. She is awaiting an extradition hearing set for Tuesday morning.