Man held in abduction of 2-year-old arraigned in federal court

A man who abducted 2-year-old, Sondra Renee, will be detained until Tuesday hearing, charged with domestic violence assault.

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Detroit —  A man accused in the abduction of a 2-year-old Detroit girl this week was charged Thursday in federal court. 

U.S. District Judge David Grand ordered Grady Lamar Barrett, 42, held in the case involving of Sondra Renee, who was the subject of a Tuesday morning Amber Alert.

Barrett is being held on a charge of kidnapping a minor child.  His public defender, Michael Carter, did not seek bond. He appeared in federal district court because the charges involved kidnapping across state lines.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Margret Smith also requested that the judge issue a no-contact order between Barrett and his former girlfriend, Gloria Camper or her daughter. 

Also, Thursday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Barrett with assault by strangulation, larceny from a person and domestic violence involving the kidnapping case. Arraignment, which has not yet been set, will be in 36th District Court.

Camper, who held her Sondra in court on Thursday, said she was in an abusive relationship with Barrett and when a choking injury by him left her in the hospital, she took action to leave the relationship. 

"Every time she tried to leave him, he threatened the family," said Tiera Jones, 28, Camper's older sister. "I thought my sister was going to be free from him for good after we pressed charges for choking her. We didn't expect this plot twist."

Camper said on Tuesday night, she and Jones waited for a police escort to enter the home where she once lived with Barrett to retrieve her belongings. Jones had Camper's phone when she received a threatening call from Barrett, who said he'd "have the last laugh." 

At that time, Sondra was sleeping at Camper's aunt's house 21000 block of Karl on the city's west side. About 3 a.m., Barrett is alleged to have kidnapped her. 

Detroit police issued an Amber Alert on Tuesday. She was located after a vehicle was brought to a stop by police in the area of Seven Mile and Meyers on the city's west side.

Camper will celebrate her 25th birthday Friday and said she's happy to have her daughter safe. Camper held Sondra as she slept through the court hearing, saying she didn't want her to see Barrett. 

"I don't think she really knows or understands what happened, but I'm happy she didn't see him," Camper said. 

Barrett appeared to be injured and he struggled into court on Thursday. 

"He said he had medication needed and he transferred to the hospital to get cleared," Smith said. "He was not injured, he was taken to be medically cleared."

A detention hearing is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in federal court.

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