Indiana child safe, grandmother cleared in alleged kidnapping
An 18-month-old child has been found unharmed after police sought kidnapping charges against her grandmother, who has since been cleared.
Hazel Richards was found at a Massachusetts gas station with her grandmother, 48-year-old Melanie Wever of Knightstown. The child was reported missing by her mother, who had flown from Indiana to Maine to retrieve the child.
When Wever refused to return Richards after being contacted by police, kidnapping charges were sought against the grandmother.
A Portland, Maine newspaper reported that Richards was given to Wever by her son, the child's father, James Richards. Investigators say the child's parents are married and both have custody of the girl.
James Richards called police Thursday evening and told them he had just arrived in Boston from Indiana. He indicated he was with his mother and his daughter and agreed to meet with Massachusetts State Police.
Investigators discussed the facts of the case with the district attorney and it was decided that no charges will be filed against Wever at this time.
Hazel Richards was released to the custody of her father.