PLAINVILLE - A Manchester woman was arrested Friday for allegedly kidnapping her son - who she no longer has parental rights over - and trying to take him to California.
Crystal Griffin, 25, was apprehended at Bradley International Airport after she took the 7-year-old from the Plainville Early Learning Center, on South Canal Street, at about 5 p.m., according to the police report. She was found in a garage at the airport, police said.
The child was not harmed, according to police. Griffin faces charges of second-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor and custodial interference.
According to the report, Griffin is allowed a supervised visitation period one day a week, with a Department of Children and Families representative. Police said she showed up to the daycare on Friday and was given the child. An employee at the facility told officers it was assumed that a DCF rep was with Griffin.
After police were notified of the abduction, they received information from someone who said Griffin was recently observed searching for Bradley Airport on the Internet. Shortly thereafter, police at the airport reported finding Griffin with the 7-year-old in her car.
Plainville police responded to take her into custody, when she allegedly told officers she planned to take her son to Los Angeles, Calif., so she could audition for the show “Love and Hip Hop,” the report said. She then planned to head to Georgia to “audition at Tyler Perry’s acting studio,” the report continued.
Griffin also told police she had been granted parental rights over the boy days earlier, according to the report. Police said they verified with DCF that this was not the case.
According to the report, Griffin was arrested in September and charged with second-degree burglary and other offenses after trying to break into the home where her son resides with his guardian. In that case, police noted in the report, she admitted to officers she was trying to take her son and flee to New York, where they would “start a new life.”
“This was very concerning,” state prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley said at Griffin’s arraignment hearing Tuesday, in Bristol Superior Court.
Griffin, who is eight months pregnant and being held on $250,000 bond, was ordered at the hearing to stay 100 yards away from her son and not contact him while the case is pending. She was also ordered to stay away from the daycare in Plainville.
Griffin did not enter a plea Tuesday. She is due back in court on Oct. 31.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.