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Police find missing Clearwater girl in Tampa, charge babysitter with custody interference

CLEARWATER — Authorities have arrested a babysitter who didn't return a 2-year-old child to her mother for nearly two days.

Jacquelyn Yvette Johnson, 37, was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of interference with child custody, a third-degree felony.

Johnson was supposed to return Talayah Iyonna Gamble to her mother on Sunday, but didn't, Clearwater police said.

Authorities found the missing toddler, who will turn 3 in July, unharmed on Tuesday evening with Johnson. They were across the bay in Tampa, according to Clearwater police.

Gamble's mother, who was not identified, reported the child missing about 7 p.m. Monday.

There was no indication that Johnson might harm the child, but she was "interfering with custody," said Clearwater spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.

Johnson told police she just didn't feel like returning the girl yet, Castelli said. She made no accusations against the child's mother and simply stated her phone was not working, Castelli said.

Detectives said that isn't true, and that Johnson's cell phone was on.

The child and babysitter were found Tuesday evening at an apartment at 4515 N Rome Ave. The home belongs to a friend of Johnson's, police said.

Police find missing Clearwater girl in Tampa, charge babysitter with custody interference 05/04/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 10:49pm]
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