Why no kidnapping charges?
Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick explains why: Under Georgia annotated law, a person is guilty of kidnapping when he or she abducts or steals away another person without lawful authority.
Its without authority. So the babysitter has authority over the child but she kept the child over a 12-hour period without the parents knowing the whereabouts of the child and that constituted the charge of reckless conduct. She didn’t notify the parents where the baby was, or where she was.
Tami Tracy had authority over little Naomi but not permission.
A babysitter that’s facing a charge for reckless conduct after taking a 6-month-old baby from the parents made an appearance in Recorder’s Court.
This morning 27-year-old Tami Tracy pled not guilty to the charge. The baby’s family was present in court. The judge ordered Tracy to stay away from the family and child.
The case was bound over to state court. A bond was set at $2,500.