Reporting Mike Campbell
DETROIT (WWJ) - A young boy has been returned to family members several hours after he was abducted during a domestic dispute and stabbing on Detroit’s east side.
According to police, 3-year-old Jamari Cook was reunited with family members shortly before 10 a.m. Friday. The little boy was dropped off allegedly by someone who knew the woman who kidnapped him.
Police said Jamari was taken just before midnight Thursday from a residence in the 12000 block of Hamburg, between McNichols and Gratiot Avenue.
According to police, Shameka McGee and Laquoyia Cook apparently got into a dispute and at some point during the argument, McGee stabbed Cook in the neck and took off with Cook’s son. Family members said Cook and McGee are ex-girlfriends.
Cook was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Police said she underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
Police are still searching for McGee, whose whereabouts are unknown. McGee is 27-years-old, 5’9″ and 140 lbs. with a medium complexion and braids.
After learning of the abduction, police scoured the surrounding neighborhood for Jamari, but couldn’t find the little boy. They even looked in a neighborhood in the 8 Mile and Gratiot area, thinking McGee could have fled to a relative’s home in the area, but searches didn’t yield any results.
Ashanta Patterson, one of Cook’s sisters, said they were gravely concerned for Jamari’s wellbeing.
“He’s not scared of [McGee], it’s just we don’t know what she may be capable of doing. So, hopefully her mind’s not somewhere else,” Patterson said.
Patterson said Cook was at the house Thursday night to visit her sister, who lives there with her boyfriend, when McGee showed up unexpectedly and started an argument.
Rosezella Cook said her grandson Jamari is the perfect little 3-year-old.
“He’s a happy kid, ain’t never get in nobody’s way and he’s real smart,” she said.
The FBI is assisting Detroit police in their investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Detroit Police Department’s Criminal Investigations at 313-596-1340 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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