Father charged with kidnapping 1-year-old daughter
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The 1-year-old girl kidnapped by her father at gunpoint Thursday afternoon has been found safe and unharmed, according to Memphis Police Department.
Investigators said Pierre Cheer kidnapped Payden Thompson around 12:30 p.m. from a home on Soapstone Drive, which is off West Levi Road near Chickasaw Middle School.
Rudolph said Cheer argued with the child's mother before the kidnapping.
A police officer happened to be in the area of Union Avenue and Cleveland Street when he saw a car fitting the description of Cheer's vehicle, a blue 2004 Mitsubishi Galant. The officer followed the vehicle into a parking lot and saw a man get out holding a child. That's when police said Cheer put the vehicle in reverse and hit the officer's squad car. Cheer then drove forward and hit a parking pole before speeding off.
The officer detained the passenger who had gotten out of the car with a baby. The baby was confirmed to be 1-year-old Payden Thompson. She was evaluated and was found to be unharmed.
Cheer was later arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary.
"It's sad. I know it's your child, but it's a better way you could've handled that situation," neighbor Tatyana Pride said. "At gunpoint though? It's a better way you could have gotten your child...She a baby. That's sad. He should have never did that."
Cheer has a criminal history in Shelby County that includes charges of aggravated robbery, assault, possession of a controlled substance-marijuana. He also has a criminal record in Oklahoma. Cheer and two sisters were charged in Oklahoma City with pimping and prostitution-related crimes. The two sisters said Cheer was prostituting them and he would receive money from sex acts they were forced to perform on men.
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