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Accused child abductor back before magistrate

A woman accused of the abductions of four young boys made a brief court appearance yesterday.

De’Edra Gibson, who is now on bail, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney to be committed to the Supreme Court to stand trial.

However, Inspector Philip Davis told the court that lawyers in the Department of Public Prosecutions needed another month to prepare the voluntary bill of indictment (VBI).

Gibson returns to court on July 26.

The hairstylist is accused of four abductions that took place in New Providence between February and March.

Prosecutors allege that she abducted three eight-year-old boys and a three-year-old between February 16 and March 29.

The children were either playing or walking unattended when a woman, whom prosecutors allege is Gibson, lured them into a car, creating panic for their guardians. The youngest victim was dropped off at a laundromat and three other boys were dropped off at the entrance to the city dump.

As a condition of her $20,000 bail, Gibson must continue regular checkups at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre every two months, follow her treatment plan and provide proof of compliance to the court.

Additionally, Gibson must report to the Elizabeth Estates Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; wear an electronic monitoring device and have no contact with prosecution witnesses.

Gibson is represented by Howard Thompson.

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