Parents: Woman arrested for abducting son 'needs help'
Posted at: 09/26/2012 6:01 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The mother accused of abducting her baby, activating an Amber Alert on Tuesday, appeared in court Wednesday.
The woman’s parents say their daughter just needs help.
Brittney Carr faces two felonies: abuse of a child and custodial interference.
The 19-year-old appeared in Metro Court one day after authorities say she kidnapped her 9-month-old son, Austin.
Reports originally stated the child was 19 months old.
The criminal complaint said the baby was with his father, Joel Gurule. Gurule has temporary custody of the child.
Carr was allegedly standing outside Gurule’s cousin’s house when she just started walking away, down the road and into a dark-colored car that was waiting for her.
Sheriff deputies found Carr six miles away at the corner of Adams Street and Silver Avenue Southeast.
The baby was not hurt.
In Metro Court, Carr’s mother addressed Judge Briana Zamora.
"We would ask that she go to the 28-day program inside before she is bonded out," said Terrie Santos to the judge.
Carr’s parents said their teen daughter has been on drugs for a year now.
She’s never undergone treatment.
"A lot of kids are on heroine and that is exactly what she is on," Santos explained.
Santos and Alan Carr, Brittney’s father, said Austin’s parents are in a custody battle. They do not dispute the fact that Carr took her son, but said she just missed him.
"She's not the bad mother or the kidnapper that they put her out to be,” said Alan Carr.
Alan said he was on the phone with his daughter Tuesday, stalling his daughter until authorities got to her.
He’s now calling out authorities in this case.
"The whole Amber Alert was a waste of the state's money because Amber Alerts are for people that get kidnapped,” Alan said. “This was no kidnapping so whoever called the Amber Alert was an idiot."
Judge Zamora ordered a $17,500 cash surety bond for Brittney Carr.
She is also ordered to drug treatment unless she’s not indicted in 10 days.
Carr also cannot have contact with her son.