Chattanooga man charged with kidnapping his girlfriend’s baby
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A Chattanooga man is being held on a $61,000 bond after reportedly kidnapping his girlfriends baby then threatening to kill her if she didn’t sign over the right’s to her child.
According to the arrest affidavit, the investigation began Thursday evening when police were called to a residence in the 2100 block of McCallie Avenue to investigate a report of kidnapping.
The victim told officers her boyfriend William Kirby, 27, of Chattanooga had just left with her 8-month old baby boy.
According to the child’s mother, the couple got into an argument inside his car and so she tried to get her baby out of the vehicle. She told officers her boyfriend locked the doors with the child inside the vehicle and pulled off. The child’s mother was still holding on to the vehicle and was reportedly dragged.
At some point after that incident, the couple ended up at their residence in the 2000 block if McCallie Avenue where tensions got even hotter between the two.
The child’s mother told police that Kirby threatened to kill her if she didn’t sign over the rights to her child. Then she said she tried to leave the home but that Kirby held her against her will by tying her wrist with speaker cords. According to the victim, she was tied up for 30 minutes in the back bedroom.
At some point, Kirby left the home with his girlfriend’s baby. The victim managed to get away from the home to call police for help.
Officers later found Kirby in a Dodge Neon on McCallie Avenue where they say he tried to elude police by doing u-turns in the street. According to police, Kirby eventually stopped the car in the 1900 block of Oak Street where he gave up.
The baby was unharmed.
When police spoke to Kirby, he told them he only wanted to see his kid but according to officers at the scene, Kirby did not have custody of the child.
Kirby was charged with:
- Aggravated assault
- Reckless endangerment
- False imprisonment
- driving on a suspended license.