A 28-year-old Coon Rapids woman has been charged in connection to the abduction of her daughter, leading to a missing persons report earlier this month in Minneapolis.
The incident occurred Oct. 23, with Minneapolis Police sending out an alert after a 5-year-old girl had been taken by her non-custodial mother. The girl was abducted from her home on the 3100 block of Cedar Avenue South, where she lives with her custodial father.
This week, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman charged Serenity Jones, 28, of Coon Rapids, and her accomplice, 58-year-old Dennis Brann, of St. Paul, with first-degree burglary. Jones has also been charged with felony deprivation of parental rights.
A criminal complaint says the custodial father of the girl called 911, informing police that Jones and Brann had taken his daughter by forcibly entering the front door.
Police were able to track Brann's cellphone, leading them to the location of the 5-year-old girl at a residence on Pillsbury Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The girl was unharmed, police said.
The father of the child was granted sole legal and physical custody in March, with Jones allowed to visit the girl on weekends. But Jones refused to return her daughter on the weekend of Oct. 19-20, prompting the father to call Coon Rapids Police Department to get his daughter back.