Missing baby returned to home; woman charged

JACKSONVILLE — A 3-week-old baby was back with his parents Wednesday after police said a woman posing as a child protective services officer threatened to call the police on the Haitian parents if they didn’t surrender the child. Jasmine White, 19, was charged with kidnapping, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said in a news conference.

Augustin Duclos, the baby’s father, told The Times-Union that he spent all night crying. “But now I have my baby and I am happy. It’s a miracle,” he said.

Rutherford said White followed the parents — who are Haitian immigrants — home from the hospital.

Posing as a Department of Children and Families worker Tuesday, White allegedly said she was conducting an investigation, police said. Rutherford said White told the parents that if they did not turn over the baby, “police would be called.”

Investigators said the parents gave the baby to White but then called the state agency. Rutherford said detectives were led to White because they had captured a fingerprint on the document she left behind.