A South End woman was in Cambridge District Court Wednesday for allegedly trying to kidnap a 5-year-old boy from an MBTA bus in Cambridge earlier this week.
Danyelle Abrams, 36, was charged with attempted kidnapping and two counts of assault and battery for allegedly grabbing the child by his waist after following him onto a Rte. 47 bus on Massachusetts Avenue.
Transit Police said Abrams first tried to engage the child in conversation while waiting for the bus to arrive. The boy's mother became uncomfortable, police said, and walked away from Abrams, but that didn't deter her.
Abrams continued to focus on the child, prompting family members to ask that she leave the boy alone. Police said Abrams continued her disturbing behavior after boarding the bus. Family members demanded she leave the child alone, police said, but within moments, Abrams snatched the child from his seat.
An "altercation ensued," police said, and Abrams fled the bus. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she was later arrested.
She was also charged with malicious destruction of property for allegedly kicking out the window of a Silver Line bus door Tuesday at Dudley station. She was held on $2,500 cash bail and sent for a competency evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.