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An arrest has been made in the alleged kidnapping of a 7-week-old Savage infant who was taken to Kentucky by his parents after they had lost custody of the child.

According to the charging document filed in Scott County Court on Tuesday, Jan. 17, Zachariah Whitehead, 28, and Amanda Wamack, 28, of Savage are charged with Kidnapping to Facilitate a Felony or Flight. Whitehead and Wamack were arrested by Lexington, Kentucky, police after six hours of negotiations; the infant was treated by emergency personnel before being placed into protective custody.

According to the criminal complaint, Whitehead and Wamack brought the infant to a children’s emergency department in Scott County with a fractured arm on Jan. 12. Whitehead and Wamack were initially cooperative and said it was an accident that happened while they were changing the infant’s clothes, the complaint said. Scott County Child Protection wanted the child to be placed with a family member until further tests and interviews about the nature of the injury could be done.

After phone calls from child protective services went unreturned, Savage police visited the grandmother with whom the infant had been placed on Jan. 17. There they discovered that Whitehead and Wamack had taken the child the night before and fled. With the assistance of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, police were able to find that Whitehead and Wamack had fled to Lexington with a U-Haul trailer. Wamack had previously lived in Lexington and police there were able to verify that Whitehead and Wamack had taken the infant there with them and made the arrest.

Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer said he was thankful for the assistance from the BCA and Lexington police.

“We are very thankful for the safety of the infant,” Seurer said. “We are also very appreciative of our detectives for the long hours that were spent behind the scenes, the assistance of agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the support that we received from the members of the Lexington Police Department for a safe outcome.”