Baby kidnapped from Florida found in Macon, father arrested

lfabian@macon.comJune 25, 2013 

Allen Darnell Lymon Jr.

A cellphone led authorities to an abducted 5-month old Florida baby who was found Tuesday afternoon in the restroom of the Pizza Hut on Spring Street.

The Georgia State Patrol and Macon police were tracking the infant’s 18-year-old father through his phone signal when the trail led to the Waffle House at 840 Riverside Drive, authorities said.

In the restaurant parking lot, Trooper William Schwab and Macon police traffic officer Brian Foust found a 1998 tan Buick reported stolen from the baby’s grandfather in Green Cove Springs, which is in the northeast corner of Florida.

The officers got word the suspect’s phone pinged again at the Greyhound bus station and between the Pizza Hut and the old Marathon gas station. When they went in the Pizza Hut, they found the baby boy in his car seat on the restroom floor and his father talking on the phone at the sink.

They arrested Allen Darnell Lymon Jr., of Round Lake, Ill., who was wanted on multiple charges related to the baby’s abduction just south of Jacksonville.

Authorities in Clay County, Fla., reported the infant was taken from his mother shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Warrants were issued in Florida for Lymon on charges of interference of custody of an unwed mother, fraudulent use of a credit card, grand theft auto and petty theft.

Investigators believe Lymon was headed to his home about an hour north of Chicago after failing to get custody of the boy.

He was booked into the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday as the extradition began to bring him back to Florida, although no official charges were listed on the jail website.

The baby was turned over to the Department of Family and Children Services until he could be returned to his mother.

Word of the arrest and the recovery of the child spread quickly through the ranks of local law enforcement.

Macon police Capt. Eric Woodford praised the efforts of the officers, especially Schwab, who apprehended a Dodge County murder suspect speeding through Macon this month.

“Trooper Schwab is an outstanding trooper in this area,” Woodford said.

A public information officer for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately return Tuesday evening message seeking more information about the case.

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