CLEVELAND, Ohio - A six week-old child was returned unharmed to the home where she disappeared hours after her mother reported her missing, prompting a statewide amber alert. Police said the child was at another home in the neighborhood the whole time.
At a Friday morning press conference, Cleveland Police Commander Dennis Hill said the mother’s ex-boyfriend, Ramon Ogletree, 25, had the child and returned her around 10 a.m. Kemyra appeared healthy but was taken by ambulance to a local hospital as a precaution, Hill said.
Ogletree was taken into police custody for questioning, but no charges have been filed. Hill said it’s unclear if a crime was committed, or if the disappearance was the result of a misunderstanding between Ogletree and Melissa Foust, the child’s mother.
“There are stories that are somewhat similar, and then there are conflicting stories,” Hill said. “So, we're not sure if it was she gave him permission to take the child or not. It's still being investigated.”
Foust told authorities she last saw the child around 11 p.m. Thursday, when she stepped outside Ogletree’s home, located at 1218 East 113th Street.
“I stepped out. My ex-boyfriend, he took my six week old daughter,” Foust told Fox 8 News Friday morning. “He's not the biological father. He`s very controlling. He's very insecure. He's upset because the biological father wants to be in the picture.”
Foust reported Kemyra missing just before 4 a.m. Police searched for the child and interviewed family members before issuing the amber alert around 6 a.m., listing Ogletree as the suspect. Hill said Ogletree was unaware of the amber alert and appears to have had the child with him at another home in the neighborhood.
“He was informed of it, and once he was made informed the amber alert had been issued he took it upon himself to return with the child,” Hill said, adding Ogletree considers the child his own. “He has care and concern for that child and for the child's mother.”
Police said everyone involved, including Ogletree and Foust, have been cooperative with authorities.