Woman found with infant on Interstate 77 in Mooresville charged with kidnapping
A Concord woman carrying an infant was found walking in and out of traffic on Interstate 77 in Mooresville on Monday.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department said the child was abducted in the Charlotte area. The child’s mother had left the baby with family members. The woman is the girlfriend of a family member, police said.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received reports of the woman near Exit 36. An officer talked with the woman, who was identified as Winifred Mirambeau, 24, of Sandusky Boulevard in Concord.
Deputies then found a black Jeep nearby that was driven by Xavier Kamel McDaniel, 30, of Delargy Circle in Mooresville. He told deputies he was getting into his Jeep on Plaza Drive in Charlotte when Mirambeau jumped into the passenger seat and told him to drive.
Daniel said as he was driving north on I-77, he and Mirambeau switched seats because she wanted to drive.
Daniel said as they neared Exit 36, Mirambeau pulled into the emergency lane and jumped out of the vehicle, carrying the infant.
Emergency crews took the baby to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center because it had been exposed to the sun for a long period.
Charlotte Mecklenburg police charged Mirambeau with first-degree kidnapping and child abduction, according to the Associated Press.