ATLANTA - A woman accused of kidnapping an 8-month-old child and leading police on a chase through several counties is expected in court Thursday.
Samantha Nicole Barrett, 22, is charged with attempting to elude a police officer, cruelty to children, reckless conduct and driving while license is suspended or revoked.
She’s scheduled to appear in Henry County court on Thursday morning. Channel 2 Action News will have a reporter in the courtroom.
Police say Barrett drove off with Kristyn Howard’s car and her son, William Kaidyn Stover, when Howard briefly ran into her Bartow County home.
“I went inside and grabbed a lighter, I was going to take my friend to the store, and come back outside the car's gone,” Howard said.
Someone spotted the vehicle in Henry County more than 13 hours after Barrett disappeared with the child, police said.
Police said they tried to pull Barrett over but she refused. Officers said they continued to pursue Barrett, with speeds reaching as high as 90 mph, until Barrett ran off the road into a wooded area of Lamar County and then ran from the car. The child was found safe in the back seat.
Bartow County deputies continue to investigate the abduction and the motive.
"Now we step it up a notch to find out what the motive was, why did she take this child? Was anyone else involved?" Sheriff Clark Millsap told Channel 2's Tom Regan.
Get updates on this developing story on wsbtv.com and Channel 2 Action News at Noon and starting at 4.