Caregiver who triggered Amber Alert for child is sentenced
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A caregiver who triggered an Amber Alert after authorities say she took a 1-year-old child to another city without permission has been sentenced to at least a year behind bars.
Iyesha Gibbs was given her punishment Thursday after entering a guilty plea last month to a charge of kidnapping-child enticement in Kent County Circuit Court.
Gibbs’ attorney, John Grace, told the court his client had suffered from mental health issues and in the past had received treatment.
Authorities say Gibbs was babysitting last August in Grand Rapids and didn’t respond when the child’s mother tried to contact her. The mother called police and an Amber Alert was issued the next morning. Gibbs was tracked to Benton Harbor, where she was taken into custody and the child was found safe.