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Tamiyah Elssy Bryant, an infant allegedly abducted by 26-year-old Rodney Francis Bryant.

Tamiyah Elssy Bryant, an infant allegedly abducted by 26-year-old Rodney Francis Bryant.

Tamiyah Elssy Bryant, an infant allegedly abducted by Rodney Francis Bryant.

A 10-month-old Angier girl who was subject of an Amber Alert was found safe on Sunday, according to Durham police.

Tamiyah Elssy Bryant was found with her father, Rodney Bryant, in Virginia. Police did not immediately say how they found the pair.

Police have charged Rodney Bryant, the father of a missing 10 month old, with first-degree kidnapping.

WTVD-TV reported that Bryant allegedly took 10-month-old Tamiyah Bryant after assaulting her mother. He is also charged with assault on a female and communicating threats.

Investigators said the charges stem from an incident Saturday morning at IHOP in Garner.

Police said Bryant took his girlfriend Elssy Olivares to work at IHOP. He forcefully held her in the car when she tried to get out and then forced her out on Interstate 40 in Durham and drove off with the baby, according to police.

Officials said the IHOP on Highway 70 in Garner is one of the last places Olivares saw Tamiyah, who was wearing a pink shirt and diapers.

“I would be scared,” said Jennifer Pool, who was shocked to find out the Amber Alert sent Saturday was about her neighbor. “I don’t know what I would do if one of my two kids were missing.”

At least three police departments joined the hunt for Bryant, which started around 8 a.m. Saturday when Bryant took Olivares to work, with baby Tamiyah in tow.

Relatives said the couple was fighting, and they believe Bryant assaulted Olivares in the car.

The couple is from Washington State. The two, along with their two older children, live with family in Angier.

Police said Bryant sped off in a 2002 Suzuki XL7 with a Washington state tag with license number ACK-7454.

Police said the 27-year-old father has made threats to kill himself and the child.

Source: WTVD-TV


  • trinity

    ok from what i just read does not consitute a kidnapping charge, his child, unless she had full custody of child is the only why, if he would have dropped her off at work like planned, and then drove to virginia, this would just be a child custody case, this i just a classic case of the da filing some truimped up charges knowing good as well they aren’t going to stick. and i bet it was the mother out of her anger that said he threathed to kill himself and the baby. a father has just as much right to his child as a mother does, my question is to what if it was the other way around, what if she hit him and put him out of the car and then drove to virginia would she be charged with 1st degree kidnapping, i think not this is just proff of how the da just wants another check mark on his record, i don’t know these people, but from what i read a kidnapping charge is unjust

  • trinity

    couples argue, some more crazier than others, and all a woman has to say is that he hit me and threathened me and thats enough to charge assualt on a female and communicating threats in this state, im not saying he didn’t do those 2 things, i just can’t get over the kidnapping charge thats absurd. seems like to me the state is tring to use a misdemeanor assualt charge to constiute a kidnapping charge of his own child. if the kidnappin charge makes it past the probale cause hearing in distric court i would be shocked. ok first he wouldn’t let her out of the car,, then he made her get out,,, ummm,,,, did she still want to get out ,

  • trinity

    nc kidnapping statute,,,,,Kidnapping and Abduction.

    § 14-39. Kidnapping.

    (a) Any person who shall unlawfully confine, restrain, or remove from one place to another, any other person 16 years of age or over without the consent of such person, or any other person under the age of 16 years without the consent of a parent or legal custodian of such person, shall be guilty of kidnapping if such confinement, restraint or removal is for the purpose of:

    (1) Holding such other person for a ransom or as a hostage or using such other person as a shield; or

    (2) Facilitating the commission of any felony or facilitating flight of any person following the commission of a felony; or

    (3) Doing serious bodily harm to or terrorizing the person so confined, restrained or removed or any other person; or

    (4) Holding such other person in involuntary servitude in violation of G.S. 14-43.12.

    (5) Trafficking another person with the intent that the other person be held in involuntary servitude or sexual servitude in violation of G.S. 14-43.11.

    (6) Subjecting or maintaining such other person for sexual servitude in violation of G.S. 14-43.13.

    (b) There shall be two degrees of kidnapping as defined by subsection (a). If the person kidnapped either was not released by the defendant in a safe place or had been seriously injured or sexually assaulted, the offense is kidnapping in the first degree and is punishable as a Class C felony. If the person kidnapped was released in a safe place by the defendant and had not been seriously injured or sexually assaulted, the offense is kidnapping in the second degree and is punishable as a Class E felony.

    (c) Any firm or corporation convicted of kidnapping shall be punished by a fine of not less than five thousand dollars ($5,000) nor more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), and its charter and right to do business in the State of North Carolina shall be forfeited. (1933, c. 542; 1975, c. 843, s. 1; 1979, c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, s. 47; 1981, c. 63, s. 1; c. 179, s. 14; 1983, c. 746, s. 2; 1993, c. 539, s. 1143; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c); 1995, c. 509, s. 8; 2006-247, s. 20(c).)
    im pretty sure he was also a legal guardian of this child considering they have 2 older children and lived together, what a bogus charge

    • trinity

      im not debating the law,,,, i posted the statute of the kidnapping law,,,, a parent has every right to take their child anywhere they want as long their is no custody order,, that not debating thats the law,,, the kidnapping will never stick

  • lovemykids

    If you recall a few months ago a guy in colorado was arguing with his daugter’s mother and had threatened to kill himself and the baby…well his threat turned into a reality. NOBODY should throw around threats like that. You people want to say that the charges were unjust but what would you be saying if the story had a different ending like the one in CO? Put yourself in HER shoes, how would you feel if you had heard these threats before and then he throws you out of the car on the highway and takes off with your child…I bet you wouldn’t call these charges unjust then! Just be happy that these story had a better ending and that the child is SAFE!

    • trinity

      so just because she said he made that threat, he actually did it. a parent has every right to take their child anywhere unless their is a custody order, so you don’t think its possible that the mother mother lied becaue she was angry,,, come on ,,,, the kidnapping charge wll never stick

    • trinity

      you people are so stupid i swear,,, you can’t base one incident on another. i am glad the baby is ok,,, the point is,,,,, he didn’t committ kidnapping, it’s a trumihped up charge based on what the mother said, which is possible he said or didn’t say,,,, communicating threats and kidnapping are a long way apart, and im sure the woman is totally innoccent in the arguement it takes 2 agrue , no he shouldn’t have hit her, but what makes you think the child is better off with the mother anyway, how do you no,,,, ohh thats right you don’t…this state is one of the worse states to bring false and trumiped up charges on people,,, the law clearly states he had every legal right to take his child out of state, he did not need the mothers consent,,,,, unless their was a child custody order,,

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