WARSAW — Jamie Lee Hecke, 36, 3762 W. Old Road 30, Warsaw, is being charged with a class C misdemeanor interference with custody, after she took her boyfriend’s child from the babysitter without permission.
On July 7, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department responded to a citizen’s assist from a woman who reported Hecke had taken her child from the babysitter’s residence. The mother reported that she had just gotten to Walmart when the babysitter called frantic because Hecke took the child.
The officer went to Hecke’s residence and asked her about the incident and according to an affidavit of probable cause, Hecke told the officer had been on the phone with an unknown male earlier in the day asking if she knew where the infant was and that he’d been crying all day, saying the child’s mother was on her way to another town to buy drugs.
After Jamie hung up with the male, she called the child’s grandparents, but received no answer. Hecke then decided to go get the child and went to the babysitter’s residence. Hecke met a friend coming out of the residence and he told her the child was inside in a bassinet, as if he knew why she was there.
Hecke went into the residence and saw the child sleeping in the bassinet, which was completely covered by a blanket. Hecke then gave the babysitter a note to give to the child’s mother, put the child in a car seat and left the residence.
The officer asked Hecke how she was related to the child and she told him she’s dating the child’s father for about four months. Hecke told the officer she and the child’s father had been living together for the first two months, until he went to jail. She said the father had full custody of the child until he went to jail, then custody went to the mother.
Hecke changed her story to the officer and reported that when she had gone into the babysitter’s residence the child was screaming in the bassinet. The officer reported that Hecke told him that was what she had said originally and then became defensive.
Hecke told the officer she hadn’t talked to either the mother or father before taking the child. She reported she was afraid the child was in a dangerous place and that was why she went and got him.
When the officer asked Hecke how she would feel if someone did that to her child, she answered that she would be mad. The officer then transported Hecke back to her residence and said he would be filing a police report and would be requesting a warrant for her arrest for kidnapping. Hecke told the officer she understood.
Hecke was arrested July 15, on a bond of $400 cash.