Birmingham, AL 07/17/2018
27-year-old Derick Irisha Brown has been formally charged with kidnapping in a case where she took her children at gunpoint from their guardian last Friday after they were removed from her care.
Just before 7:00 am on Friday, July 13, deputies were called to a home in the 1900 block of Colonial Cove to investigate a report of the kidnapping of three children from their guardian.
It was reported that the three female children, twins age five and a two-year-old had been taken at gunpoint by their mother who then fled in a silver Buick SUV.
Deputies learned that the night before the kidnapping DHR had removed the children from the custody of their mother as part of a safety plan while an investigation was conducted into abuse allegations. The children were placed with a relative who lived on Colonial Cove.
The relative reported that she had been loading the children into her car when Brown pulled up and demanded the children. When the relative tried to stop her from taking the children, Brown pointed a handgun at her.
Sheriff’s Youth Services detectives and personnel from the Metro Area Crime Center began working on locating the children. A lookout was immediately issued to surrounding law enforcement agencies for Brown and the vehicle.
At about 2:00 pm on Friday acting on information developed by the Metro Area Crime Center, deputies located Brown at a hotel in Fairfield. She fled in the vehicle with the children. After a brief pursuit, Brown wrecked striking a car and then a Sheriff’s Office SUV. The children were rescued unharmed. Brown was taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges.
On July 16, detectives obtained arrest warrants formally charging her with three counts of Kidnapping, Assault 2nd Degree, Attempting to Elude, and four counts of Reckless Endangerment. She remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $209,000.