Woman jailed for kidnapping baby


A 41-year-old woman from Telford has today been sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court to two years imprisonment and disqualified for life from working with children after she pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing of kidnapping a two month old baby.

On 24 February 2016, Kelly Mahon visited the victim's home and informed her that her husband had been involved in a road traffic collision and was seriously injured.

The defendant offered to take care of the baby while the victim visited the scene of the traffic collision.

On the way, the victim called her husband's mobile and he confirmed that he was not involved in any traffic collision and he was fine.

The victim returned home and discovered Mahon and the baby missing. She immediately contacted the police.

A few hours later, intelligence led the police to a property in Arleston, Telford where police found the missing child and the defendant together. Mahon was arrested and later pleaded guilty to kidnap.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Kelly Mahon had kept the victim under surveillance for some time and was aware of her circumstances as well as where she lived. Prior to carrying out the offence, she had lied to her family and friends that she was pregnant.

"Her goal was to remove the child from the mother and in order for her to achieve this she visited the victim and fed her a lie about her husband being involved in traffic collision. This had the desired effect of the mother leaving the child in her care, which then allowed Mahon to remove the baby from the family home.

"However, a few hours later, police identified the defendant and they managed to recover the baby from her unharmed and they returned the child to his natural mother."