Woman accused of attempt to steal boy

A woman who was charged with the abduction of four boys earlier this year was charged yesterday with attempting to steal another child.

Police allege that De’Edra Gibson, 30, attempted to abduct a seven-year-old child on December 9.

Gibson was not required to enter a plea, but insisted on her innocence during the arraignment.

“I feel as though the lodge is plotting on me,” she said as she broke into sobs.

“I don’t know what I did to deserve this.”

She added, “I’m not guilty. I wouldn’t jeopardize my freedom.”

Gibson, who had been out on bail on the previous charges, pleaded with Magistrate Samuel McKinney to be sent to the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.

McKinney, however, remanded her to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. He said she will be seen by a psychiatrist.

Gibson’s Supreme Court arraignment is set for February 28, 2020.

She was previously arraigned on four counts of child stealing before Supreme Court Justice Carolita Bethel in August.

Prosecutors alleged 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.

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

Gibson was granted bail in May under the conditions that she wear an ankle monitor and have regular checkups at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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