ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – Asheville Police Department and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed that a mother, who was initially reported as being kidnapped with her 7-week-old baby on Thursday, has been charged with attempted murder.
Authorities told us Krista Noelle Madden, 35, was charged by the sheriff’s office with attempted first-degree murder.
We reported earlier that the kidnappings were reported around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Madden and her vehicle were found in Henderson County.
More than four hours after the initial report, investigators shared that 7-week-old was found safe in Henderson County.
On Friday, authorities said Madden was arrested in Henderson County and was taken to the Henderson County Detention Center, where she was being held on $750,000 bond.
Asheville Police Department and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office held a joint news conference Friday morning in regards to the kidnapping incident.
Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin says the baby had been tossed over a bank and was in a car seat, but appeared to have rolled out of the car seat. Sheriff Griffin says the drop was 50-75 feet down.
Griffin said, “By the grace of God we are standing here with a child that’s been discovered and is alive.”
The Sheriff also said investigators believe that Krista Madden acted alone.
Madden is expected to appear in bond court around Noon Friday.
Buncombe County DSS is also involved in this case, and Sheriff Madden referred custody questions to that office.
Madden could face more charges as the investigation continues.