SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Fair Grove woman is now charged in connection with a March 2 abduction that spawned an Amber Alert.
Police say Cynthia Brown-Heisler, 37, stole a vehicle in the 1100 block of E. Commercial shortly after 1:30 p.m. that Saturday. Inside the car were a one-year-old and four-year-old. See court documents above.
Jerry Blue, Jr. told police he left his keys in the vehicle and the children in the back seat and went inside a store for a short period of time. When he came back out, he saw his vehicle leaving the parking lot westbound on Commercial Street with the children still inside. Witnesses identified the suspect as a white female.
Shortly before 2 p.m. that day, the boy was found walking alone and unharmed in the 800 block of S. Newton Avenue after being dropped off in the area by the suspect. He described the suspect as a white female. He described the woman as an "ugly white lady."
Just before 10 p.m. the one-year-old girl was found unharmed in the stolen car by a family member. The car had been parked in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 400 block of W. Mount Vernon Street.
Springfield Police say during the follow up investigation, investigators learned from the four-year-old boy that the stolen vehicle was involved in a collision soon after it was taken. The investigator researched calls for service and found that a crash was reported in the 700 block of E. Lynn Avenue at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The reporting person in that incident indicated that a vehicle similar to the one stolen from Jerry Blue, Jr. collided with her parked car and left the scene. The caller said she saw the driver of the suspect vehicle and identified her as a white female.
Police say as the investigation continued, an anonymous tip led to Brown-Heisler. She was arrested on Monday, July 1.
The case was presented to the Greene County Prosecutor's Office and charges of 1st Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, 1st Degree Endangering Welfare of a Child (2 counts), and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident were filed against Cynthia Brown-Heisler with a bond of $25,000.