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Capac grad is charged in child abduction case


Woman jailed on $1.5 million bond for alleged abduction of baby daughter


March 31, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — A onetime Capac resident has been charged in the abduction of her own daughter.

Samantha Folan, a 2007 Capac High School graduate, and two other suspects were arraigned in Macomb County District Court on Friday after police say they took Folan's 10 month-old daughter from her custodial home in Roseville on Wed., March 24.

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Twenty year-old Folan, her boyfriend Ryan Frederick and acquaintance Michael Payne were found with the baby in Three Rivers at Payne's residence on Thursday. Three Rivers is located in St. Joseph County.

According to Deputy Chief Jamie Berlin, Folan is being held on a $1.5 million bond and faces one count of unlawful imprisonment and one count of conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment. Frederick, 19 and Payne, 25, are each being held on a $2 million bond. Both are charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment.

In a press release, Roseville Police stated that Rylee had been placed in her great-grandmother's care after Folan's parental rights were terminated. "Samantha was at her grandmother's home visiting with the child and when the grandmother momentarily left the room, Samantha grabbed the child and fled the home. Witnesses observed Samantha meet up with her boyfriend Ryan Frederick outside the home and both left the area with Rylee," Berlin said.

Because of Folan and Frederick's alleged addiction to narcotics, police believed Rylee was "in severe danger." Authorities issued an Amber alert to the public asking for information and tips on the alleged abduction.

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Upon being located in Three Rivers, police report that the youngster was unharmed. Authorities credit a tipster for helping to lead them to Payne, a friend of Frederick.

The FBI, Michigan State Police and other local law enforcement agencies assisted in the investigation.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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