Woman arrested after child allegedly taken from home

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COLLEGE PLACE — A Kennewick woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly taking her grandson without permission.

According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office report, Felicitas Ramos-Meza, 56, was at her home in Prescott when Teresa Chandler, 50, knocked on the door at about 10:30 a.m. Meza, the paternal grandmother and guardian of the 1-year-old, told police Chandler was unfamiliar to her, but that Chandler forced her way past Ramos-Meza and grabbed the boy.

Meza told deputies she chased Chandler down her driveway, and then called authorities. After interviewing Meza’s family, police discovered Chandler is the maternal grandmother of the boy. Police contacted Chandler at about 11:16 a.m. via cellphone.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, Chandler was evasive and changed her story several times, though she did state she had “paperwork” that allowed her to take the child. Chandler, according to the report, does have power of attorney authority for her daughter, the child’s mother, who is incarcerated.

“At no time did I feel (Chandler) was going to tell me where she or (the child) was,” wrote Deputy Richard Schram in his report.

Chandler hung up once, but called the deputy back, according to the report, and said she was in College Place.

Deputies responded to a residence in the city and took Chandler into custody on investigation of residential burglary and first-degree custodial interference.

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