Sioux Falls Woman Back Behind Bars In Sioux County After She Took Baby
Date posted - June 24, 2012
Officials report that there was a call for assistance in the lobby of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office regarding a disturbance involving a previously released inmate — 35-year-old Jamella Lancaster of Sioux Falls, SD. During this time, it was visiting hours for inmates of the Sioux County Jail.
Sioux County Sheriff’s Office employees saw that Lancaster had exited the lobby and allegedly took a 13 month old baby from its grandmother by reaching inside a parked vehicle of one of the visitors. Lancaster then walked around the parking lot for several minutes, keeping the baby from its family while the baby’s grandmother and a Sioux County Jailer were attempting to retrieve the baby.
After several minutes Lancaster relinquished the baby to the baby’s family member and then attempted to hide in a ditch near Ironwood Avenue south of the Sheriff’s Office.
Lancaster was transported to the Orange City Area Hospital for a mental evaluation and was later transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD by the Orange City Ambulance.
Upon Lancaster’s release from Sanford Hospital at 8:00 p.m., the Sioux Falls Police Department arrested Lancaster on Sioux County warrants of child stealing, a class C felony, and false reporting, a simple misdemeanor.
No injuries were reported.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, the Orange City Ambulance and the Sioux Falls Police Department.
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