What I do not understand is how the school released the child to a non-parent. That just should not happen.
Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine for his alleged role in the kidnapping of a six-year old girl in Mississippi in April.
Pollard and five others were formally arraigned on Wednesday. He is one of seven people charged in the case. His mother, Jesse Mae Pollard, was charged with kidnapping six-year old Jashayla Hopson last month. She reportedly kidnapped her as part of a dispute with the girl’s mother, her cousin.
The four-count indictment was released Wednesday. Some of the details:
- Before the kidnapping, Pollard met his mother and another woman, Shamarious Ruffin, earlier in the day in a church parking lot. He gave them a screwdriver and a wrench. Ruffin told him, “we fixin to do some crazy s#@%”
-It was Ruffin who took the young girl out of school. Ruffin, Jesse Mae Pollard, Jashayla Hopson, and Ruffin’s infant daughter took off in a rental car, bought a cell phone and checked into a hotel.
-Devonta Pollard dropped off 21-year old Shaquayla Johnigan at the hotel in Bessemer, Alabama. Johnigan then took Jashayla to a hotel in Laurel, Mississippi.
-Johnigan sent a text message to the girl’s mother, demanding $50,000.
-The next day, Johnigan and another woman dropped off the girl at the side of the road. She was unharmed.
-FBI agents searched Devonta Pollard’s car and found a receipt for the cell phone that was used to send the text message and a key card for the Bessemer hotel room.
Pollard appeared in every Alabama game last season, starting eight contests, averaging 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds as a freshman. A five-star recruit from Porterville, Mississippi, he was widely recruited coming out of high school.