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Mother of infant found in ditch sits in jail

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Posted at 6:52 PM, Mar 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-05 18:52:01-05

DINWIDDIE, Va. (WTVR)--Kristen Morman, 21, sits in jail accused of lying about the kidnapping of her child.

“Anytime a child is involved it makes it worse,” said Sheriff D.T. Adams.

The morning of February 15, at 12:45 a.m., the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s office received a desperate call.

Morman claimed her 8-month-old boy and her laptop were snatched from her house sometime during the night.

“We called out everyone,” said Adams, “extra officers, extra investigators and the dogs.”

About three hours after deputies started looking for the 8-month-old boy, a relative found him in a ditch along the 6200 block of Duncan Road, about 150 feet from where Morman lives.

The temperature was just 37 degrees. The boy was dressed in nothing but pajamas.

Adams said his investigators became suspicious of Morman’s story. “Our preliminary investigation found that something was not exactly right.”

“The baby was not abducted,” he added.

After a two week investigation deputies arrested the boy’s mother.

Morman is charged with felony child endangerment and filing a false police report. No one answered the door where Morman was living at the time.

Disappointed neighbors asked how a mother could commit such a crime.

Adams is confident his investigators solved the case. “We have strong evidence that this was fabricated and we want to bring justice.”

Morman is being held without bond at Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville. For Sheriff Adams and his deputies the baby’s health is paramount.

“We’re very relieved that the baby was okay.”

Morman’s next court appearance is April 9 in Dinwiddie General District Court. She is being represented by her court appointed lawyer, George Marable.

Morman’s son is staying with relatives.