JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Poinsett County woman’s bond was reduced Monday after police arrested her Friday on suspicion of felony interference with child custody.
A probable cause affidavit states that police were called to the Mall at Turtle Creek about a woman who reportedly tries to kidnap a juvenile in the food court.
The victims told police that the woman, later identified as Melanie Carter of Marked Tree, sat at their table and began to talk to the 4-year-old about being sent by Jesus to save her from her kidnapper. Carter was reportedly referring to the child mother.
The affidavit states that Carter grabbed the child and tried to keep her away from her mother. It went on to say the mother began to engage Carter.
Mall security was able to intervene before anyone was hurt or before the child was taken.
Carter was taken into custody and taken to the Jonesboro Police Department for questioning.
Police learned during the investigation that Carter attempted to take a child at a gas station on Caraway Road under the same premise.
The affidavit states that there Carter told a 14-year-old that she was going to save her from her kidnapper. This time it was the child mother who was working at the gas station.
Carter allegedly grabbed the child, but the child fought back.
At the time of that incident, police were called but Carter left the area.
When a detective attempted to interview Carter, she would not speak to him about anything other than she was at the two locations that day trying to “save people” and “minister to them.” Carter was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree false imprisonment.
A judge reduced her bond Monday from $1 million dollars to $10,000. She was also ordered to wear an ankle monitor.
Her next court date is March 22.
Carter’s attorney Zach Morrison released the following statement to Region 8 News: