A baby allegedly kidnapped by her non-custodial mother in Indio was found in a stolen car by an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer on the freeway east of Tucson today, and the child and mother were
Sybil “Tiffany” Jenkins and her 4-month-old baby Sophie Trice were taken into custody by the Arizona Highway Patrol officer, said Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron. Indio police were headed to Arizona, he said.
Jenkins reportedly took her daughter at about 8:15 a.m. Friday from a babysitter in a house in the 81000 block of Arthurs Court in Indio while the baby’s father was working, according to Guitron.
It was not clear whether the couple was divorced or had never been married, but the father had sole custody of the baby.
“The bottom line is, she shouldn’t be with the child,” Guitron said.
Jenkins fled with an unidentified, young dark-skinned woman in a two-door white 2003 Mercedes SL500, which had earlier been stolen in Palm Springs, Guitron said. The arrest was made about 420 miles east of Indio.
The Pima County Department of Child Protective Services in Tucson took the baby, who is healthy and safe, and was working to get her back to her father in Indio, Guitron said.