MONTROSE – A woman arrested in Montrose on Monday faces charges of second-degree kidnapping of her 5-year-old nephew, according to Montrose police.
Cmdr. Gene Lillard said that Shawna Welfelt, 42, formerly of Olathe, was babysitting the boy at his home in Montrose, on South Third St., while her sister, the boy’s mother, was at work.
Welfelt’s dog, Doby, was in the fenced backyard of the home, but when Welfelt discovered that he was missing, she called her sister at work.
Welfelt told the boy's mother she could not have her son back until the dog was returned.
The boy’s mother called police at about 6 p.m., Lillard said, whereupon officers tried to reach Welfelt on her cell phone, but met resistance when she hung up, Lillard said.
Several more calls went unanswered.
In their search for Welfelt, Montrose police went to her last reported address in Olathe, only to learn that she no longer lived there, whereupon they put out an all points bulletin for Welfelt, including details about her truck. In a short time, Montrose County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle they thought might be involved, and learned that Welfelt was staying at a motel in the 1600 block of East Main Street. The deputies found Welfelt’s silver Dodge pickup in the parking lot, located her room and placed her under arrest. Welfelt, who also faces a charge of possession of marijuana, has since bonded out on a $15,000 bond. No court date has been set.
Lillard said he didn’t know what caused Welfelt to blame her sister for the loss of her dog, or what prompted her to hold her nephew ransom for the dog’s return.
His office received a call on Monday that the dog had been found.