Grand Rapids babysitter facing charges after AMBER Alert

Posted at 4:03 PM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 21:30:07-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A 19-year-old woman is facing charges after allegedly kidnapping a Grand Rapids boy. The incident prompted an AMBER Alert on Thursday.

Grand Rapids Police say that Iyesha Catherine Gibbs is being charged with kidnapping-child enticement in the case of 1-year-old Miquis Jenkins.  Gibbs is accused of taking the boy and cutting off contact with his mother while she was babysitting him on Wednesday.

Gibbs and Jenkins were both found at about 3 p.m. Thursday in the Benton Harbor area after the alert was issued.  She was arrested and the boy was reunited with his family, Thursday evening.

Gibbs is scheduled to be formally arraigned on the charge this weekend and faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted, police said Friday in a release.

Gibbs' aunt, Evelyn Banks asked, "Why is my niece being held in the Kent County Jail for kidnapping when it wasn't kidnapping?"

Gibbs' family members said they feel there was poor communication and a misunderstanding.

"I was in shock. I was in disbelief because I know Iyesha personally, and I know she has a heart for children because of the loss of her own son and that her and that girl was friends," Banks said.