Kennewick woman arrested in custodial dispute

LUKE HEGDAL WALLA WALLA UNION-BULLETINFebruary 7, 2013 

COLLEGE PLACE -- A Kennewick woman was arrested Tuesday after reportedly taking her grandson without permission.

Felicitas Ramos-Meza, 56, was at her home in Prescott when Teresa Chandler, 50, of Kennewick, knocked on the door about 10:30 a.m.

Ramos-Meza, the paternal grandmother and guardian of the 1-year-old, told police Chandler was unfamiliar to her, but that Chandler forced her way past her and grabbed the boy, according to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office report.

Ramos-Meza told deputies she chased Chandler down her driveway, and then called authorities.

After interviewing Ramos-Meza's family, police discovered Chandler is the maternal grandmother of the boy. Police contacted Chandler about 11:16 a.m. via cellphone.

Chandler was evasive and changed her story several times, though she did state she had "paperwork" that allowed her to take the child, the sheriff's report said. Chandler does have power of attorney authority for her daughter, the child's mother, who is incarcerated, the sheriff's office said.

"At no time did I feel (Chandler) was going to tell me where she or (the child) was," wrote Deputy Richard Schram in his report.

Chandler hung up once, but called the deputy back, and said she was in College Place, the report said.

Deputies responded to a home in the city and arrested Chandler on suspicion of residential burglary and first-degree custodial interference.

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