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|Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2007
|Kidnapped baby found safe
|By George P. Hassett, Somerville News Writer
An 18 month-old child allegedly kidnapped from her East Somerville home by an aunt
yesterday has been found, according to police.
Hayden Augustin Laurent
Hayden Augustin Laurent was allegedly kidnapped by her aunt Ketia Valmont after a
family dispute over the child's return to Haiti, police said. Laurent had been scheduled
to return to her father's care in Haiti today.
Police said they found Laurent at her home on Melvin Street. Three adult females and
one juvenile female were arrested. One is charged with kidnapping by a relative, assault
and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a stick or
bat, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The remaining three, one who is a juvenile,
are charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Their names will be released
after their identities have been confirmed. They are expected to be arraigned tomorrow in
Somerville District Court.
Valmont's vehicle was found late last night by Acton police, acting on information from
Somerville Police detectives. Valmont, the child and another woman had left the area in a
gold color mini van shortly before Acton police located Valmont's car, police said.
During the morning hours, detectives continued to search for the child and were lead
back to the child East Somerville home where they located both the child and Valmont. When
police attempted to arrest Valmont, they were allegedly assaulted by occupants in the
house. Two detectives sustained injuries when they were struck with a bat. They were
transported to Mass. General Hospital. The child appears to be unharmed.
Reprinted from The Somerville News of Wednesday, December 6, 2007.
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