Mother Asks Why Preteen Girls Would Kidnap Her 1-Year-Old Son

Friday, July 6th 2007, 3:48 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Her worst nightmare over, Enid resident Sheila Wells still wonders why someone would sneak into her house while she was asleep and snatch her 1-year-old son.

``I didn't even know he was gone,'' Wells said Friday, a day after her son Brandon was kidnapped for a half-hour.

The suspects: A 12-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister, who lived about a block away.

Wells described the 10-year-old as ``a really nice girl'' who got along with her other children when she came over to the house to play.

But there was an unsettling incident about three weeks ago involving one of the girls, Wells remembered.

She recalled catching the 10-year-old trying to stash a purse she had taken from another house. Wells told her she didn't want her to come around her children until she could earn her trust again.

``We started seeing something we didn't like,'' she said.

Friday, both girls remained in a juvenile detention facility, but had yet to be charged. They were arrested on kidnapping for extortion and first-degree burglary complaints and taken to the police department's Community Intervention Center for juveniles.

Local police say the crime ranks among the most unusual they've worked in the northwestern Oklahoma community of 47,000.

The siblings, who were not identified because of their ages, are accused of sneaking into Wells' home Thursday at about 5:30 a.m. through a side door, taking Brandon and leaving a ransom note. They also took baby items and $20 in cash, police said.

The note, scrawled on a scrap of paper with what looked like crayon or lipstick, instructed the boy's mother not to call police if she wanted to see her child again and demanded a $200,000 payment be left on the sofa.

It was signed, ``the kidnappers.''

``I sat here and tried to read the note and tried to make sense of it,'' Wells said. ``I couldn't make out some of it.''

The girls' plan began to come apart when the girls' mother saw them with the child, police said. They told their mother they had found the boy on the corner.

About a half hour after the kidnapping, the 12-year-old returned to Wells' residence and told her it was the younger sister who was responsible for the abduction.

Wells walked over to the girls' house about a block away and found Brandon sitting on the 10-year-old's lap.

``They definitely need some kind of punishment,'' Wells said. ``Something needs to be done about this before it happens to someone else.''