Reporting Mike Hellgren
WASHINGTON (WJZ) — A Baltimore boy missing for three days is safe and sound after being spotted in Washington, D.C.
Mike Hellgren talked to the boy’s relatives, who were praying for his safe return.
Ki’Yauhn Birch’s mother tried to get inside the Children’s National Medical Center, rushing there to see her 7-month-old baby.
“We got him back,” said the boy’s father, Charlie Birch. “Thank you, everybody.”
The infant was with the 16-year-old police say took him, Jonae Boozer.
The baby’s dad says Boozer was an acquaintance who showed up at his door in West Baltimore Friday, begging for food and a cigarette. When he left to get one for her at the corner store, he says she took off with little Ki’Yauhn, who was only wearing a diaper.
“I think she had a hard life. I don’t know that she meant to intentionally steal this baby. I would hate to think that,” said Amy Birch, the baby’s great-aunt.
Police have questioned Boozer, but have not revealed what they believe was her motive for taking the child.
“I really thought I could trust her,” Charlie Birch said.
“I’m just happy that she kept him safe and she did not harm him and I just hope she gets the help that she needs,” Amy Birch said.
It’s also unclear what Boozer did with the baby during the more than two days they were gone together.
City police say they’ll consult with the State’s Attorney’s Office before filing any charges against the teen.