Police Continue Search For Jonesboro Toddler Abducted Tuesday Morning

May 24, 2005 -- Posted at 10:45 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- "You see things on tv, and I mean you sit back and think that would never happen to you," said Dora Stevenson.

Stevenson is Tamera Finch's grandmother.

Police say Tamera was abducted on Tuesday morning.

Police say the girl's biological father, Elliot Finch, took the young girl and her mother, Denitra Forrest, outside their home in Jonesboro around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Elliot is Forrest's ex-boyfriend.

Police say he took them both to an area just outside Paragould.

Police say the mother got away only after Finch cut her several times with a knife.

"At that time they had information that Mr. Finch had left the scene westbound on Highway 412 with the two year old girl," said Jonesboro Police Sergeant, Steve McDaniel.

Police say he could be driving a silver Dodge Stratus with Arkansas license plate number 558 JJC.

"Our main concern is for the safety and the welfare of the 2 year old victim," said McDaniel.

"I think he really did it out of spite to get back at her," said Stevenson.

Stevenson says her daughter and Finch had a turbulent 4 year- relationship.

Police say before today, Finch already had warrants on charges of kidnapping, rape and first degree battery involving Forrest.

"At the point he is at now, the way his mind works, there is no telling what he will do to that baby," said Stevenson.

She says they are trying to think positive, without fearing the worst in their hearts.

She makes a plea for her granddaughter's safe return.

".....bring Tootie back. Bring her her back. I'm sure she's hungry, she wonders what happened to her mother, her sister, just bring her back home," said Stevenson.