Friday, November 09, 2001

Mother sought in grab of son

She had lost her visitation rights

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A mother who on Monday permanently lost visitation rights with her 6-year-old son kidnapped the boy from his foster parent at gunpoint Thursday morning in front of his Clifton school, Cincinnati police said.

        Kimberly Brown, 42, was last seen in Lexington, Ky., at 11:30 a.m. Thursday — four hours after the abduction, police Lt. Kim Frey said.

        Ms. Brown is believed to have been on her way to the Marysville, Tenn., area, where she previously lived, or Florida, where she has relatives.

        She suffers from manic depression and has a history of drug abuse that led to her losing custody of Anthony M. Brown, police said.

        She has threatened the foster mother numerous times in the past, as recently as Monday night, police said. Warrants were issued on charges of kidnapping and felonious assault.

        “She's desperate enough that she would use a gun,“ said Capt. Vince Demasi. “So that's a serious concern.“

        Ms. Brown lives alone in the Cincinnati area, but police declined to be more specific.

        The escalation of threats culminated at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Clifton Primary School at 3645 Clifton Avenue, when the foster mother dropped off the boy and Ms. Brown grabbed him, police said.

        When the foster mother intervened, Ms. Brown pointed the gun at her, then sped back to the running tan Nissan Sentra with the boy, police said. She struck another vehicle as she fled the parking lot and disappeared west on Clifton Avenue. The car has Tennessee license plate BTF628.

        Ms. Brown lost custody of her other child years ago, Lt. Frey said.

        She had twice-weekly supervised visitation with Anthony but has been uncooperative with the Department of Human Services, which was handling the boy's placement.


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