2 arrested in child kidnapping in Cullman County

Erika Monique Byrd, left; Marsha McCord Byrd, right (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Two Jefferson County women have been charged in connection with a kidnapping in Cullman County.

According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), a 2-year-old child was reported missing on Smith Lake Monday evening, Sept. 7. CCSO deputies and investigators, along with local volunteer fire departments, responded to the scene. Upon investigation, it was determined the child was taken from his father, who has full legal custody. The CCSO said the child’s mother, Erika Monique Byrd, has no legal rights to the child.

Working with the Cullman County District Attorney’s Office, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Fultondale Police Department, investigators located Byrd and the child in Fultondale, Alabama.

The CCSO said investigators also determined Marsha McCord Byrd participated in the minor’s kidnapping.

“Any time a child is missing and taken we take that very seriously, and I am glad we were able to locate the child unharmed and reunite the child with the father,” said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. “I would also like to think all our deputies, local volunteer fire departments and the other law enforcement agencies who assisted in locating this child.”

Erika Byrd, 30, of Fultondale is charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree kidnapping. She is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $60,000 bond.

Marsha Byrd, 69, of Birmingham is charged with interference with custody. She has made bond.

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Wendy Sack