Saturday night, Chris Hill of the Merrillwood Sub-Division left her month old daughter with a neighbor's 13-year-old daughter. The 13-year-old sat for her three brothers and the infant. According to detectives, at approximately 11p.m., four teenagers kicked in Hill's front door and forced all five children to the ground, including the infant.
"How could this person just actually pick her up off the sofa and literally throw her to the floor?" Hill questioned. "What did she do so wrong that got them so angry at an infant?"
Investigators said one of the teens was armed with a gun and they stole a substantial amount of money and jewelry; before leaving they also took two of the boys with them. However, the five and 6-year-old were able to escape to the woods behind the home and run to a neighbor's house for help.
"Everyone out here has children," Yoshia Pennington said. "My main concern is that the individual involved are caught."
Det. Darry Lloyd described the three remaining suspects as black males between 15 and 20 years old. Anyone with information can call the Alachua Police Department at (386)462-1396. The teen in custody faces charges of home invasion robbery, grand theft and kidnapping.
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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