Babysitter Abducted Baby by Using Fake Facebook Profile, Court Records Show

A woman police believe posed as a babysitter in a bid to abduct a 3-month-old baby boy from a Virginia home has confessed to orchestrating the crime through a fake Facebook profile, according to court records.

Tykirah Lashae Reid, 20, is accused of abducting Jiraiya Cherry from his Newport News family home on the morning of February 4. Family members reported him missing around 10:20 a.m.

The infant's uncle was at the family home in the 13000 block of Preakness Drive when the boy was abducted. He told police he was babysitting the infant and his 4-year-old niece when a woman hired by the baby's parents came to the house to assist him.

The woman was later identified as Tykirah Reid and arrested at her home one hour away in North Chesterfield later that evening around 6:45 p.m. after an Amber Alert was issued just before 5 p.m.

Tykirah Lashae Reid
Tykirah Lashae Reid, 20, is accused of abducting a 3-month-old boy while babysitting him in a Virginia home. Chesterfield Police

Reid reportedly communicated with the family about the babysitting job via Facebook under a profile by the name of "Taliyah Lipsey", according to court records.

On the day of the abduction, the boy's uncle said he went into a back bedroom with his niece, leaving Reid and the infant alone in the living room.

The mother called the uncle at 10:12 a.m. reporting she was unable to reach the babysitter through Facebook Messenger, which was the only method they had used to communicate.

When she asked the uncle to check on the infant, he reported the boy was missing and noted the front door was left partially open, according to court records.

Police launched an investigation searching for a suspect "described as a Black female, approximately 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6, with black dreadlocks to the middle of her back," a Newport News Police Department release read.

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— Newport News Police Department (@NewportNewsPD) February 4, 2021

Officers were provided with a picture from Reid's Facebook page and given the name "Taliyah Lipsey." A woman identified from the picture was later found living in Suffolk and has been cleared of any involvement in the abduction.

When detectives questioned the woman, she told police she believed she'd been "scammed" and that another person had used her picture to set up a fake Facebook account.

Reid was eventually found at her home in the 2700 block of Goosby Avenue in North Chesterfield, exiting the apartment with the child in her arms. When she saw police, she reportedly attempted to run back inside, according to officers on the scene.

The 20-year-old was arrested and taken to the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

The rescue was caught on a neighbor's surveillance system and shared by WTVR, showing an officer bundling the baby in blankets before placing him in an ambulance.

Reid confessed to the abduction as well as to creating the fake Facebook profile and stealing her neighbor's license plates to transport the child from Newport News to North Chesterfield on the day of the abduction, according to Chesterfield Police and as seen in court records.

She has been charged with abduction, child neglect, obstruction of justice, petit larceny, removing a serial number from a vehicle and larceny of a license plate, according to charges listed in the Chesterfield General District Court.

The day of the abduction was reportedly the first day Reid had babysat the child, according to his grandmother, Tonisha Martin, who spoke with WAVY News 10. Martin said the family found Reid in an online babysitter group.

Jiraiya Cherry was transported to a local hospital for treatment and observation before being reunited with family.

Reid is set to appear at the Chesterfield General District Court on March 24.

Newsweek has contacted the Chesterfield County Police Department and the Newport News Police Department for comment.