NC mom fakes kidnapping, throws 7-week-old girl down ravine, officials say

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Asheville Police Department and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed Friday that the mother, who was initially reported as being kidnapped with her 7-week-old baby on Thursday, has been charged with attempted murder.

Authorities said Krista Noelle Madden, 35, was charged by the sheriff’s office with attempted first-degree murder.

Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin said the baby had been tossed over a bank and was in a car seat. The infant appeared to have rolled out of the car seat. Griffin said the drop was 50-75 feet down. 

The infant’s kidnapping was reported around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

More than four hours after the initial report, police shared that the 7-week-old was found safe in Henderson County. Madden and her vehicle were found in Henderson County.

On Friday, authorities said Madden was arrested in Henderson County and was taken to the Henderson County Detention Center, where she was being held on $750,000 bond.

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