MAHONING COUNTY Girl in Amber Alert case found; charges expected
The baby has a severe asthmatic condition.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Charges were expected to be filed today against a woman arrested here by FBI agents in a missing child case that included an Amber Alert.
Latricia Byther, who was said to be 26 or 27 years old, and whose address was unknown, was booked into the Mahoning County jail Wednesday evening. The missing 5-month-old girl, Shania McDade of Cleveland, was released to her mother from St. Elizabeth Health Center around 1 a.m. today. The child, who has a severe asthmatic condition, had been taken there Wednesday to be checked out.
FBI Special Agent Bob Hawk said charges were to be filed today.
Shania's mother, Malaica Lusane, initially thought her cousin's girlfriend had taken the baby to visit relatives Tuesday. When the woman Lusane knew as Cyanni Dubose didn't return by 9 p.m. as promised, Lusane called friends and family. She learned the relative the woman was supposedly visiting wasn't even home. So she called police. An Amber Alert was issued for Shania at 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The FBI and Cleveland police developed information Wednesday evening that the suspect and child could be in Youngstown, Hawk said. FBI agents went to a housing project in Youngstown, where they located the late-model white Ford Taurus they were seeking, and that led to Byther's arrest and the recovery of the child, Hawk said.
Lusane said she felt betrayed.
"Cyanni is not her real name, she's not from Akron, and we are told she has a criminal record," Lusane said. "It was as if she ingratiated herself into the family just to take my baby. What we don't understand is that she was six months pregnant herself. In a few months she will have her own baby; why did she take mine?"