Woman who took Grand Rapids baby pleads guilty

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A caregiver who took a Grand Rapids baby, sparking an Amber Alert, faces a year behind bars after she pleaded guilty to kidnapping and child enticement

On Aug 2, Iyesha Catherine 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, 20, has been at the Kent County jail for the last six months. During that time, she underwent a competency exam and was found fit to stand trial. 

While a kidnapping charge typically carries a potential life sentence, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to a one-year jail or prison term in exchange for Gibbs’ guilty plea. 

Gibbs is expected in court for sentencing on April 4.

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