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"My son was just gone": mother of kidnapped baby speaks out about online danger

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The mother of a 6-month old baby who was kidnapped as part of an elaborate online scam is speaking out, urging everyone to be careful who they meet on the internet. 

Lekeisha Johnson, from Kennewick, says she thought she'd been in a relationship with a man for weeks, but then she found out that her supposed boyfriend never existed in the first place. 

That fake boyfriend was created, Spokane Police believe, by a Spokane woman named Fern Littlecalf.  

Spokane Police say Littlecalf created a profile of a man on an online dating website. She used it to meet Johnson and build a relationship. Then, on November 16th, she posed as a family member of the fake boyfriend and told Johnson he'd been in a car accident. Court documents say she convinced Johnson to bring her three children from Kennewick to Spokane to visit him in the hospital. 

Police say Littlecalf got Johnson to trust her, and took the 6-month-old baby, supposedly to a safe place. But Johnson soon realized something was wrong. A man, who police say Littlecalf hired to drive Johnson and her kids around, called 911. Using his information, police were able to quickly find Littlecalf and the baby, who was safely returned to his mother. Littlecalf was arrested and went in front of a judge on Monday where she was charged with several counts of kidnapping. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Johnson says this whole thing was a hard lesson to learn, but she hopes other people see her story and take extreme caution when dealing with people they meet online. 
 

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