Affidavit: Mental health issues may have been a factor in 2-year-old girl’s kidnapping


Mental health issues may have played a role in a kidnapping that led to an Amber Alert earlier this month, according to an arrest affidavit.

The alert was issued May 1 after police said 49-year-old Sherry McGill took her 2-year-old granddaughter from her home.

The girl’s mother’s boyfriend was watching the child at the time of the kidnapping and told police that McGill showed up at their home in San Antonio “talking incoherently” and took the 2-year-old while she was sleeping, the affidavit said. McGill soon returned still carrying the child but was now holding a knife and some pictures, the affidavit continued.

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The man said McGill wasn’t making sense and asked her to return the child and then to leave. He told police he was concerned for the toddler because because of McGill’s mental health condition, the affidavit said.

McGill ignored the man’s pleas and left with her granddaughter.

McGill’s father told police she may have been headed to Cartwright, Oklaholma, where her mother lives.

Police eventually located McGill driving later that morning in McClennan County and conducted a traffic stop. The girl was found safe and returned home.

McGill’s bail is set at $75,000.

Taylor Pettaway is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for | | @TaylorPettaway


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