By Steve Pope | December 29. 2018
Allegheny County police have charged three people in connection with the alleged abduction of a one-month-old infant from an O’Hara Township home early Friday.
At approximately 10:20 a.m. the O’Hara Township Police were dispatched to a residence on Mary Way in response to a 9-1-1 call about a child being abducted. When they arrived, the infant’s mother told them that Ashton Curtis, 29, of Richmond, Tx. had just taken her son from her home without permission.
The O’Hara police broadcast a description of the vehicle that they believed Curtis was driving along with an AMBER Alert.
At approximately 12:00 p.m., a state trooper stopped the vehicle being driven by Curtis on Interstate 70 in Claysville, Washington County. The trooper found the infant inside the vehicle along with Curtis’s mother, Kimberly Marine, 48, also from Texas.
Police also stopped a red pickup truck occupied by John Hall, 53, of Richmond, Tx., who was following Curtis.
Authorities determined that Curtis and the child’s mother had been romantically involved over the past three years.
After the child’s birth Curtis believed he was the biological father, although the mother disputes this, according to police. The issue regarding who the child’s father is has not been fully resolved.
On the evening of Dec 27 Curtis arrived at the victim’s residence in a red pickup truck. He stayed through the night, even after being asked to leave, according to police documents.
The following morning, Curtis snuck the child from the house and left in a silver SUV. Authorities determined that Marine and Hall had flown from Texas to Columbus, Ohio where they rented the silver SUV.
After a brief stop to purchase a car seat, Marine and Curtis switched the silver SUV with the red truck then began their trip towards Texas.
The trio admitted to police that they traveled to Pennsylvania with the intent of taking the infant from his mother and taking him to Texas.
All three are in the Allegheny County Jail and face charges of concealing the whereabouts of a child, interference with custody of a child, and conspiracy.
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