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Woman denies she abducted children

A woman denied kidnapping four young boys at her arraignment yesterday.

Natural hairstylist De’Edra Gibson, 29, was arraigned on four counts of child stealing before Justice Carolita Bethel.

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, who was wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of her $20,000 bail, will appear before Justice Bernard Turner on August 23 for trial fixture.

Gibson, who must also attend psychiatric clinics as a bail condition, was directed to bring reports from Sandilands Rehabilitation Center to prove that she is compliant with her treatment.

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

Cordell Frazier and Anishka Pennerman appeared for the Crown.

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Artesia Davis

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

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