Gibson to learn trial date next month

A woman accused of abducting four young boys will learn her trial date next month.

Justice Bernard Turner has set a September 19 fixture hearing for natural hairstylist De’Edra Gibson, 29, who was arraigned on four counts of child stealing before Justice Carolita Bethel on August 16.

Prosecutors allege that Gibson took a three-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle on February 16, and three eight-year-olds on March 6, March 7, and March 29, with the intention of depriving their guardians of custody.

The three-year-old was dropped off at a coin laundry in Fox Hill, while the older boys were allegedly lured into Gibson’s car and later dropped off at the entrance to the New Providence city dump.

If convicted, Gibson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment.

Gibson is wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of her $20,000 bail. She must also attend psychiatric clinics as a bail condition and provide proof of compliance.

At an earlier court appearance, Gibson’s lawyer, Howard Thompson, said that she had a history of mental illness.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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