Kidnapping suspect from Hazelwood says she suffered miscarriage
A Hazelwood woman accused of kidnapping a 3-month-old boy from a Uniontown motel by telling his mother she represented a diaper manufacturer told police “the opportunity presented itself for me to give my love to another child.”
Yvonne Ican Bradley, 46, cried and shook her head in denial during her arraignment on Tuesday afternoon before she was sent to the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.
“It made me out to be a monster, and I'm not,” she said after District Judge Michael Metros read the criminal complaint against Bradley, which indicated that she suffered a miscarriage on Friday.
The baby was returned to his mother unharmed, state police Trooper Stefani Plume said.
State troopers and Uniontown police believe the kidnapping was part of a larger scheme involving at least one other person. Plume said the plot developed during the weekend when Bradley contacted the baby's mother, who lives in Pittsburgh.
Police did not say how the women came in contact with each other.
Others could be arrested, Plume said.
Bradley apparently posed as a representative of Huggies diapers and took the baby and his mother to the Uniontown Wal-Mart on Monday for a meeting with a third woman, Plume said.
“The female said to stay here tonight ... until they could do a (photo) shoot today,” she said.
The victim and his mother shared a room with Bradley in the Heritage Inn at routes 40 and 21.
On Tuesday morning,the baby's mother told police, she walked to a nearby 24-hour Walgreens to get supplies for the child.
The baby and Bradley were gone when the mother returned to the motel, police said.
Police issued a be-on-the-lookout alert about 6 a.m. Tuesday. Shortly after that, an officer spotted Bradley walking with the boy at 55 Morgantown St., not far from the motel.
Employees at the motel declined to comment.
“At this point, it seems as though (Bradley) was going to use the baby as her own,” she said.
Bradley bent over to hide her face as she was escorted out of the police station about 2 p.m., her hands cuffed behind her back.
“I didn't do anything,” she said. “I just took (the baby) for a walk.”
Bradley told Metros that she is married, has lived in her Johnston Avenue home for eight years and has one child and two stepchildren.
Bradley told police she miscarried about noon Friday and took him to the Homewood Cemetery, according to the criminal complaint.
“I took him out of the toilet and tried to give mouth-to-mouth, and it didn't work,” she told police.
Bradley told Metros she had been working part-time at a cleaning company and for Kimberly-Clark, the manufacturer of Huggies.
A Kimberly-Clark representative could not be reached on Tuesday.
Bradley wept when the judge ordered her to be held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
“I don't go around kidnapping people's children,” she said. “I didn't do this, I told you the truth.”
She is charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, interfering with the custody of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
Bradley is on state parole for a conviction of theft by deception.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or email@example.com.