Woman in jail after allegedly abducting grandchild in Tyler

Woman in jail after allegedly abducting grandchild in Tyler
Lolita Pounds, 47, is charged with kidnapping and is in the Smith County Jail.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler Police have arrested a woman on charges she abducted her grandchild.

Lolita Anita Pounds, 47, is charged with kidnapping and is in the Smith County Jail.

According to the arrest affidavit, On January 1, 2019, the child’s mother, Elanie Ventura, told police she allowed Pounds to take the child to Chuck E. Cheese in Tyler on December 30 with the understanding that Pounds would return the child on the same day.

The child’s mother told police Pounds never brought the child home, and she did not know where she was.

The affidavit stated the next day, Pounds called Ventura and said she had the child and wanted to keep her for two weeks. Ventura said she was not allowed to keep the child.

Pounds then told Ventura she was in Fort Worth and could not return the child that day, but would try to arrange something for the next day.

The parents contacted Tyler police for help on January 1.

To find Pounds’ actual location, Tyler police asked Sprint for the location of the cell phone being used by Pounds. Sprint reported the phone was located near Hanceville, Alabama, earlier that day.

Ventura than left a voice message with Pounds, telling her to return the child immediately to the parents. A second message said she could even leave the child at the nearest police or fire department so the child could be returned to the parents. Pounds never returned those calls, according to the affidavit.

Tyler Police said the child was later found at a home in Ruston, Louisiana. Pounds was found and arrested in Mississippi.

Lolita Anita Pounds was booked into the Smith County Jail on January 10. Her bond was set at $25,000.

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