Clovis baby kidnapper gets 20 years

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — A 22-year-old Clovis woman who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a days-old baby from the maternity ward of a Lubbock hospital has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Rayshaun Parson had faced up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine before Friday’s sentencing. She walked out of Covenant Lakeside […]

Clovis woman accused of taking newborn pleads guilty

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — A 21-year-old Clovis woman accused of slipping into a hospital maternity ward wearing medical scrubs and abducting a days-old infant pleaded guilty Thursday to an aggravated kidnapping charge. Rayshaun Parson, whose trial was set to begin Monday, faces up to life in prison and a fine of $250,000. A sentencing […]

Clovis woman competent for trial

The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — A woman accused of slipping into a maternity ward while wearing hospital scrubs and abducting a newborn girl is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Rayshaun Parson, 21, pleaded not guilty in April to kidnapping in the disappearance of Mychael Darthard-Dawodu. The baby was found a day […]

Family: Parson wanted to be mom

By Associated Press Correspondent Betsy Blaney CLOVIS — For years, one thing had controlled Rayshaun Parson’s dreams, behavior and sometimes even her body, those who know her say — a baby of her own. It was an obsession that some say included a so-called phantom pregnancy — a rare medical phenomenon in which women who […]

Texico mother: Baby-napper suspect in hospital before

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LeBeth Crisp of Texico said she met suspected baby kidnapper Rayshuan Parson in January during a maternity stay at the same Lubbock hospital where a baby was abducted. Crisp had her fifth child at the hospital. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Texico woman who had a baby in […]

Relative says accused kidnapper miscarried

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Curry County Sheriff’s Department officers David Kube, left, and Waldo Casarez escort Rayshaun Parson into Magistrate Court on Monday morning in Clovis. Parson waived extradition and was transported to Lubbock. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) The Associated Press LUBBOCK— A Clovis woman accused of abducting a newborn from the mother’s hospital room last week recently […]

Suspect extradited; mother, daughter reunited

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Curry County Sheriff’s Department officers David Kube, left, and Waldo Casarez escort Rayshaun Parson into Magistrate Court on Monday morning in Clovis. Parson waived extradition and was transported to Lubbock. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Staff and wire reports In a soft, barely audible voice, a 21-year-old Clovis woman acknowledged in a Clovis court Monday […]

Neighbor recalled baby talk

Rayshaun Parson

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis woman accused of stealing a baby from a Lubbock hospital had previously faked a pregnancy and told a neighbor she had a baby who was sick, acquaintances said Monday. Wanda Johnson, who said she is the step-mother of Malachi Johnson, an ex-boyfriend of accused abductor Rayshaun Parson, […]

Neighbor: Appearance of stroller seemed odd

Staff and wire reports In the two weeks he’s lived in Clovis, Will Larson said he never knew Rayshaun Parson. But he thought it was unusual that he saw Parson walking around without a baby, then Saturday, “she had a stroller.” Parson, 21, of Clovis, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of kidnapping and is in […]

Abducted baby recovered in Clovis

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Four-day-old Mychael Darthard-Dawodu was found in a home in Clovis by police following up on tips, a day after she was taken from Covenant Lakeside Hospital. The Associated Press LUBBOCK — A newborn kidnapped from a Lubbock hospital by a woman wearing hospital scrubs and a hooded jacket was found safe Sunday in New Mexico […]

Diggin’ science

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Barry Elementary fifth-graders Ryan Curry, 10, left, and Michael Maese, 10, looks for articles in their plot during an archeological dig Friday at Highland Elementary. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis scientists are starting young these days. Barry and Highland elementary combined for a science project that left students piecing together artifacts and deciphering […]

Suspect, victim were friends

By Janet Bresenham: CNJ Staff Writer William “Cisco” Riley and Roshawn “Sam L” Pitts became best friends after they met in Clovis about a year and a half ago. Both moved here from California and each was an only child, so they found a lot in common, friends said. Now Riley, 31, is being held […]

Deadly shooting leads to arrest

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Detective Keith Farkas (standing) and detective Kirk Roberts investigate the scene at 916 Axtell St., where Clovis resident Roshawn A. Pitts was shot before noon Friday. (CNJ Staff Photo: Mike Linn) By Janet Bresenham: CNJ Staff Writer Police believe the man suspected in Curry County’s sixth homicide of the year ran to a nearby daycare […]