Mother Charged in Connection with Missing Girl

A Mableton woman has been charged after her 5-year-old daughter went missing on Saturday morning at an Austell apartment complex.

Cobb Police arrested and charged Keyonna Grant of Mableton with contributing to the delinquency of a minor resulting in serious injury, a misdemeanor, after her 5-year-old daughter, Taniya Gilbert, went missing on Friday around 11:30 p.m.

Taniya was returned safely at 7:25 a.m. on Saturday by a man who discovered the girl sleeping soundly in his truck.

According to Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for the Cobb County Police, Grant instructed Taniya to go to sleep in the truck while she returned to a gathering of friends and family at Whisperwood Apartments in Austell.

After friends and family searched the complex for the girl, someone called 911 around 1:40 a.m. and police were prepared to launch a full search to find Taniya.

Pierce said Grant was "uncooperative" and "unresponsive" as police tried to find out more details about the girl.

Approximately 90 members of various law enforcement agencies had gathered at the Cobb police and fire substation on Factory Shoals Road in Austell to launch a full-scale search operation.

However, just as they began to leave to fulfill their various tasks in hopes of finding Taniya, Capt. Jeff Adcock of Precinct 2 received a call that the girl was found safely in the bed of a truck.

Taniya, along with Grant's two other children–a 7-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, were sent to state protective services. However, a judge released the three children into the custody of their biological father soon after, Pierce explained.

Grant, who was first arrested on Sept. 1, remains in Cobb County Jail.

electric123 September 06, 2012 at 10:37 AM
It figures only in Cobb County where parents aren't safe either
Kiri Walton (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Hm, she told her 5-year-old daughter to sleep alone in a random truck in the parking lot while she went back into the party with her friends and family.
Pam J September 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
What serious injury are they talking about? Was the little girl hurt? Except that she has an apparent fruitcake for a mother? Go sleep in a stranger's truck? Good grief.
Kiri Walton (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Let me check Pam because I was wondering the same thing, but have not heard that the girl suffered any physical injury. Maybe that's the most fitting charge because she could have been hurt? But I'll check for you.
electric123 September 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Kiri, let me educate you on the law a little since I am a law student, the police can only ask for your ID without getting inquisitive about details, they use manipulation, psychological training through criminal justice course to get this information out of parent, maybe parent should of been more supervisor of her daughter than she was. But, I for one know what law enforcement can do. When you get stopped in a automobile they might ask to search your car, you have to voluntarily authorize this search or they need a search warrant, if they have reasonable suspicion you are doing something illegal, or they view anything illegal they can search your persons or car without search warrant.
Robert September 07, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Pam, did you have your interview? I hope it went well.
Pam J September 07, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I did, but I had to give them my social security number for a credit check. Since I've been unemployed for a long time, you can just imagine what shape my credit is in! It's interesting, though, they had 10 people at one time, three of them had on jeans. Now I know that we weren't applying for an accounting position, but jeans are not acceptable in any interview. I'm still hopeful, but not very optimistic. Thanks for asking.
Pam J September 07, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Charles, she told her daughter to go sleep in a stranger's truck and apparently didn't know which truck she got in. What if that little girl had picked a pedophile's vehicle? What if that little had picked a truck of somebody who was prone to crime? I'm sorry, but that was just a bad decision on the mother's part and she is very lucky that little girl is still alive and well.
Chris Roberts September 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
According to this site (http://georgia.arrests.org/Arrests/Keyonna_Grant_8456806/) she was charged with code: OCGA16-12-1(b)(3) Which according to this site: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-16/chapter-12/article-1/16-12-1/ the code stands for this: 16-12-1 Contributing to the delinquency, unruliness, or deprivation of a minor (b) A person commits the offense of contributing to the delinquency, unruliness, or deprivation of a minor when such person: (3) Willfully commits an act or acts or willfully fails to act when such act or omission would cause a minor to be found to be a deprived child as such is defined in Code Section 15-11-2, relating to juvenile proceedings; So it seems because the daughter could result in harm was the reasoning for the charge and that no actually harm has to occur.
Chris Roberts September 07, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Mr. Schwable, Let me educate you on the law since I have watch Law and Order at least twice. The police can ask you anything they want. You don't have to answer them but they can ask whatever they like. It isn't the police's fault she told them what happen, it was hers. It was also her fault that her daughter was in the position she was in. Let's keep in prospective who the true offender was in this situation.
Pam J September 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The link to the mug shot and arrest record says "resulting in injury". How can you be charged with something that didn't happen? Unless she was injured and that was just left out of the report. Or maybe they consider it a "psychogical" insury.


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