A felon from Los Angeles accused of snatching her daughter from the child’s legal guardian in Moreno Valley appeared Wednesday before a Riverside judge, who scheduled her arraignment for next month.
Nakia Shaunte Criddell, 28, was arrested last week following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation that spanned less than a day.
Criddell is charged with kidnapping, child stealing, burglary and child endangerment.
Criddell appeared before Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, who postponed her arraignment for a second time at the request of the defendant’s attorney. The reasons weren’t specified.
O’Rane rescheduled the hearing for June 18 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Criddell is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Roberts, about 5:30 a.m. on May 14, Criddell allegedly forced her way into her aunt’s home in the 12000 block of Romford Court and grabbed her 8-year-old daughter, whose name was not released, overcoming the victim’s resistance and fleeing with her in a sedan.
Roberts said detectives quickly developed leads that Criddell was headed for Los Angeles County, and they enlisted the assistance of sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers there.
Criddell was ultimately determined to be in Manhattan Beach, and she was located with her daughter inside a business on Sepulveda Boulevard, where law enforcement officers took the woman into custody without incident, according to Roberts.
The girl was returned to her aunt, unharmed, Roberts said.
According to court records, Criddell has a felony conviction in another jurisdiction, but no details were available.
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