Police: Naked woman snatches infant, attempts to run away with her

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A naked woman is accused of snatching a baby and attempting to run away with the infant on Sunday.

According to a Jonesboro police report, the incident happened at Garden Manor Apartments.

The mother of the infant, Tiasia Foster, told Region 8 News the kids were in Melissa Garcia's apartment, with an 11-year-old who was holding Foster's child when they say Garcia hopped out of her bath tub and snatched the baby from the girl.

According to the mother, her child was screaming, crying, and Garcia was squeezing her tight.

"It could have caused her to stop breathing," Foster told a Region 8 News reporter. "I was angry because two days prior to this, me and her had a physical altercation. She had pushed my daughter into her chest that day,though."

Foster said neighbors were able to get her daughter away from Garcia, and the 11-year-old ran back to Foster's house. The two families are neighbors, but not related, according to Foster.

The infant's mother said Garcia continued to run after the child and her baby while fully naked, eventually beating on her door, nearly knocking it down, trying to get to the baby.

Jonesboro police arrived and found Garcia lying on the ground. She got up and, still nude, stocked bystanders attempting to fight them.

According to the report, Garcia became irate and began cussing at the officers on scene, and the officers then tased her.

The report goes on to say Garcia attempted to fight her way out of being arrested, and an officer then tased her again.

She was taken to St. Bernards Medical Center for medical treatment.

Garcia faces several charges including 3rd degree endangering the welfare of a minor, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and 2nd-degree assault.

"I hope she gets help," Foster said. "If she keeps doing stuff like this, somebody could really hurt her really bad. You don't snatch other people's kids from them."

She is expected in court August 9.

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