Saturday, September 23, 2017

Joplin day care owner to be arraigned Monday on kidnapping charge

A Joplin day care owner charged with the attempted kidnapping of a client's infant daughter as part of an adoption scheme will be arraigned 10:30 a.m. Monday in U. S. District Court in Springfield.

A federal grand jury indicted LaSonya Poindexter, 30, Wednesday, six days after she was arrested and charged with the same crime.

Prosecutors have asked for a detention hearing for Poindexter and that she be held without bond.

(T)he defendant admitted to planning the adoption between Jane Doe 1 and a couple in Arkansas. The defendant admitted to taking Jane Doe 1 to Arkansas multiple times to meet with the Arkansas couple. The defendant also created a fictitious email from an attorney in Joplin, Missouri, to further her adoption scheme. After the defendant was contacted by law enforcement, the defendant moved out of her home and changed her phone number.

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