LANSING, Mich. (TCD) — Local and federal law enforcement agencies are searching for a 2-year-old girl who was reportedly kidnapped by a man who allegedly stabbed her mother.
According to the FBI, on July 2 at 11:30 p.m., 2-year-old Wynter Cole Smith and her 1-year-old brother were with their mother at their apartment in Lansing, Michigan, when the mother’s ex-boyfriend, Rashad Trice, allegedly assaulted her. The mother reportedly fled the apartment and called for help. Trice allegedly stole a white Chevy Impala and drove off with Wynter. The 1-year-old boy was not harmed.
The Lansing State Journal reports Trice allegedly stabbed the mother, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She has since been released from the hospital.
Lansing Police and the FBI shared the route Trice took after the alleged kidnapping, and the FBI is now offering a $25,000 for information leading to Wynter’s whereabouts.
Lansing Police Chief Ellery Sosebee said in a July 4 press conference officials have conducted various types of searches for the girl, including door-to-door canvassing, as well as drones, K-9s, helicopters, and a dive team, though they’ve had “no success so far.”
Trice is not Wynter’s biological father, the Lansing State Journal reports.
On Wednesday, July 5, the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office announced Trice was arraigned on charges of assault with intent to murder, two counts of criminal sexual conduct, home invasion, unlawful imprisonment, aggravated domestic violence, unlawful driving away of an automobile, and felonious assault.
Prosecutor John Dewane said Trice is a habitual offender and said the charges stem from the “brutal physical and sexual assault that took place at an apartment on Beaujardin Drive on July 2, 2023.”
Trice is being held without bond.
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