Mother in alleged Henderson County kidnapping charged with attempted first-degree murder


HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. — Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin says authorities believe a 7-week-old baby that was the subject of an alleged kidnapping was tossed down a 50-75 foot ravine, WLOS reports.

In a press conference, Sheriff Griffin confirms the mother, 35-year-old Krista Noelle Madden, is now charged with attempted first-degree murder. Madden is currently being held in Henderson County on a $750,000 bond.

Sheriff Griffin says it appears Shaylie, the baby, was found with a car seat at the bottom of a ravine, no longer in the car seat.

Deputies say Thursday night, a woman was walking to get her mail at a home along Slick Rock Road in Henderson County when she heard what sounded like crying.  Deputies say the woman and her husband investigated and discovered the baby at the bottom of a ravine on their property, laying next to a car seat. The baby was found alive. She was admitted to an area hospital and is reported to be in good condition.

Madden is due in court later this morning for her first court appearance.

Authorities reported Madden said both she and the baby were kidnapped in Biltmore Park. Madden told police she was able to get away from the kidnappers but that they took her baby.

Shaylie was found hours later.

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