Woman accused of kidnapping baby from church nursery is competent to stand trial

| October 30, 2009

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP — A young woman who police say kidnapped a baby from a church nursery was found competent to stand trial, a judge said today. But the woman's attorney said her client is "not doing well."

Tabitha Reid, 19, waived her preliminary hearing in 63rd District Court today, sending the case against her to Kent County Circuit Court. She is charged with kidnapping, a life offense, and unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year-felony.

Detectives say Reid took 1-year-old Savannah Raby from the Kentwood Community Church nursery on June 21. Reid was a volunteer at the nursery. Police said she took the child to a friend's home, where the little girl was found unharmed a short time later.

Reid was found competent to stand trial after being evaluated at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti. However, prosecutors and her attorney still are awaiting results of Reid's criminal responsibility exam, which is supposed to determine if Reid understood her actions at the time of the crime.

Reid remains in the Kent County Jail.

Her attorney, Carolyn Gaston, described Reid as taking medication for her depression disorder.

"She's not doing well," Gaston said of Reid. "She's difficult to work with and has blank memories in certain areas."

Previously, Gaston has said her client did not understand the criminal case against her.

Police say on the day of the alleged kidnapping, Reid visited two other churches with daycare areas, raising suspicions.

Weeks before the child was taken from the Kentwood church, Reid stole 20 Carter's baby outfits from a Meijer store and stashed another $200 in baby clothes in the store's back room, Wyoming Police reports show. Reid pleaded guilty to a shoplifting charge.



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