Woman who took Grand Rapids baby gets prison

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A caregiver who took a Grand Rapids baby, sparking an Amber Alert, will spend at least a year behind bars.

Iyesha Gibbs, 19, appeared in court Thursday where a judge sentenced her to 1 to 30 years in prison in connection to the Aug. 2 incident.

Gibbs left Cambridge Apartments with 1-year-old Miquis Jenkins and didn’t return.

The baby’s mother, Laquaya Gillard, began messaging and calling Gibbs on Facebook just before 5 p.m. that day. She said she could see Gibbs was seeing the messages, but wasn’t responding. Gillard said Gibbs blocked her on Facebook just before 11 p.m. 

The next day, neighbors say Gibbs dropped off Miquis at her apartment in a Benton Harbor home shortly before 3 p.m. That’s where officers found the child.

Authorities took Miquis to a hospital to be checked out because he was having difficulty waking, but he was expected to be OK. 

Gibbs was later found in the Benton Harbor area and taken into custody.

Gibbs previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping and child enticement. While a kidnapping charge typically carries a potential life sentence, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to request a lesser sentence of a year in jail or prison in exchange for Gibbs’ guilty plea. 

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