Police: Woman tried to kidnap child from MBTA bus in Cambridge

Danyelle Abrams, 36, allegedly tried to kidnap a 5-year-old boy in Cambridge. Photo via TPD.
Danyelle Abrams, 36, allegedly tried to kidnap a 5-year-old boy in Cambridge. Photo via TPD.

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.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.