MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile grandmother is accused of snatching her granddaughter from day care. Irene Dueitt, 60, is in Mobile Metro Jail, facing a interference of custody charge.
A judge set Dueitt's bond at $25,000. He said if the child is returned, he may consider lowering the bond.
This is Dueitt's version of the story.
"The father called and asked her to pick up the child. And she went to day care and picked the child up. Subsequently the daughter took the child," said defense attorney Darryl Blackmon.
Aric Vertrees, the father's child, denied the allegation.
"Let me be crystal clear. My client did not give these people permission to take his daughter," said Vertrees' attorney, Joseph Dennis.
The courts said the child belongs with Vertrees. Vertrees has primary custody, but he also has a criminal record.
That is the reason why the mother said she has the child now.
Cynthia Rupe called FOX10 News when she heard we were covering the story. Rupe said although Dueitt took the child from daycare, the five-year-old went home with her.
Rupe said she has a reason to keep her child away.
"I'm very concerned for her safety. I'm very fearful for her safety. I do not know what else's to do," said Rupe.
Vertrees is facing a domestic violence charge.
Back in January, the Mobile County Sheriff's Office said Vertrees fired shots with his hunting rifle at the child's mother and her grandmother.
"I was protecting my family, my place and my life," Vertrees said.
Vertrees said he has not seen his daughter since June.
The mother said she does not know what she's going to do next.
"It's either I protect my daughter or protect my mother. That's a hard decision for a mother to make," said Rupe.
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