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Accused child abductor fit to plea

A hairstylist accused of the abductions of four young boys was yesterday remanded to prison after she was deemed fit to plea by mental health professionals at Sandilands Rehabilitation Center.

Attorney Howard Johnson had requested the evaluation for De’Edra Michelle Gibson, 29, when she made her initial court appearance before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on April 11.

At the time, Johnson claimed that Gibson had a history of mental illness and received psychiatric treatment at Brookdale University Hospital last year.

Prosecutors say that Gibson is responsible for luring four minors into her car and then dropping them off on the street hours later.

McKinney informed Gibson that she was accused of the abduction of a three-year-old boy on February 16 and the abductions of three eight-year-old boys on March 6, March 7, and March 29.

Gibson initially entered not guilty pleas to the charges. However, Johnson said that Gibson did not want a summary trial before a magistrate but desired a jury trial in the Supreme Court.

McKinney vacated the not guilty pleas after Gibson elected a Supreme Court trial.

She returns to court on June 17 when it is expected the case will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment.

Gibson will have to seek bail in the Supreme Court as the magistrate lacked jurisdiction to consider bail for the offense.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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