Nikina Lazenby made a tearful plea earlier today for the safe return of her 1-year-old son, Tremayne Peak, who police said vanished Monday night with a friend of Lazenby's — whose own baby had been placed in foster care.
"It's a hard thing when you don't know where your child is," Lazenby said, as tears rolled down her cheeks. "My son is only 1 year old, he's defenseless, he can't walk, he can't do anything. I just want my son back."
Late last night, she got her wish. Police said Tremayne was found, apparently unharmed, in Germantown, Md., following a bizarre, convoluted journey.
The boy's kidnapper, Vanessa Perez, who is Lazenby's friend, remained on the loose after she was spotted by authorities in Maryland, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
The dramatic tale began at 8 p.m. Monday, when Perez picked up Tremayne from Lazenby's home on 41st Street near Girard Avenue in West Philadelphia, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.