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Biological mother charged with kidnapping child from his foster home in Woodstock, police say

Aleatha M. Moore, 29, of Chicago.

The biological mother of an 11-year-old boy was charged after she kidnapped the boy from his foster home in Woodstock on Sunday, police said.

Aleatha M. Moore, 29, of the 1000 block of East 73rd Street in Chicago, was charged with kidnapping, a Class 2 felony, and child abduction, a Class 4 felony.

The Woodstock Police Department responded around 10:07 p.m. Sunday to a residence in Woodstock for a report of an 11-year-old boy kidnapped.

Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Parsons said the child was recently appointed by the courts to be placed in a foster home under the care of a foster family.

The foster mother told police that the child had been taken without force from her residence by the child’s biological mother, identified as Moore.

The foster mother was made aware that the child was missing when the child text messaged her and said he was with Moore, Parsons said.

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Woodstock patrol officers made contact with Moore, who was initially uncooperative in returning the child, Parsons said.

The Chicago Police Department and Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) were called to assist with trying to locate the child as police believed he was in the Chicago area.

Police negotiated with Moore and she eventually became cooperative and agreed to give the child to a DCFS caseworker in Chicago on Monday.

Parsons said that an arrest warrant was issued for Moore and she turned herself in to the police on Tuesday.

Moore was held on a $30,000 bond and posted bail. She was released from custody and police say the investigation is ongoing.

A hearing is scheduled for March 30.