2-year-old safe and sound after AMBER Alert, police chase

- A Detroit man faces domestic violence and assault charges as well as a federal kidnapping charge for abducting a 2-year-old girl.

Grady Barrett sparked an Amber Alert and high speed chase that ended in a crash on Detroit's west side Wednesday.

Barrett, 42, was charged in federal court Thursday for kidnapping his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter Sondra Renee Camper.

"I'm on the phone. I literally heard my child being taken." mother Gloria Camper said yesterday to FOX 2. "And my first thought was he's going to kill her."

One day later Gloria Camper is still shaken up and keeps little Sondra close by.

Barrett inside court appeared hunched over, limping and so soft-spoken, that many who know him ask why he was speaking that way.

Prosecutors say Barrett broke into a home on Karl Street on Detroit's west side and kidnapped Sondra early Tuesday, telling Sondra's great aunt that he had money for babysitting.

That's when prosecutors say Barrett hit her in the head with a machete and left the home, holding that machete to little Sondra's neck.

"My mind went everywhere," Gloria said. "I screamed so loud in the hospital, I started balling, crying."

An Amber Alert was issued as Camper says, she prayed for her baby girl to get home safely.

Police in Monroe say they got a very important tip from a driver after that amber alert was issued."

"I have to commend the citizens for calling that in," said Lt. John Wall. Monroe police.

Prosecutors say Barrett's phone records show he reached Bowling Green, Ohio and headed north on I-75. Monroe police say Barrett began driving over 100 miles per hour as a trooper can be seen on video forcing him onto I-275 north -- a freeway with fewer drivers.

"We had officers out there who responded quickly," Wall said.  "Acted appropriately and were able to think on their feet in a high-evolving situation."

The hour-long chase going through several counties ending back in Detroit after police performed a pit maneuver Barrett flipping a parked car in the violent crash.

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Barrett faces several additional charges in Detroit for assaulting Camper and for that abduction including felonious assault and fleeing police. Barrett faces up to life in prison and Gloria Camper says that's what he deserves.

"I want, I need full sentencing," she said. "For any and all crime he's been charged with."
 

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