Dispute at center of kidnapping charges

Tonia Shetina told police she had permission to take child

Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
POSTED: 05:26 PM MST Dec 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:37 AM MST Dec 21, 2012 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A woman who took another woman's baby earlier this week reportedly told police she was told to.

That comes from arrest documents for Tonia Shetina, 38. She's charged with second-degree kidnapping and aggravated motor vehicle theft, both felonies that could lead to prison time.

An Amber Alert was issued for 2-year-old Essence early Wednesday morning.
The mother of the child reported her missing Tuesday after one day without her. That mother told police that she had asked Shetina to take the baby to her father's home because she and her boyfriend were in a fight. The baby was in a green Honda at the time.

Multiple witnesses saw Shetina leave that home in the mother's green Honda, but when the mother went to retrieve her daughter at her father's home, neither the baby nor Shetina were there.

The baby's mother looked in numerous places for Shetina. She went to police after exhausting all options.

A break in the case came following the Amber Alert being issued. Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police received a call from a man who led them to Shetina and the child.

Essence was in good health and unharmed, according to police.

The tipster told police that the pair had been staying with him, south of the old  Pikes Peak International Raceway, since early Tuesday morning. The man said that Shetina told him that she had taken the baby away, with permission from the mother, from an armed robbery victim.

That man said Shetina had called the baby Destiny.

According to arrest documents, Shetina told police the mother of the baby had pulled a gun on friend. Shetina added that she had permission from the mother to take the baby for "a couple of days."

Shetina is currently in jail, and her bond is set at $100,000.