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Mother in Silver Alert with 2-year-old boy faces criminal charges

Naje Jackson (Provided Photo/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis mother who was the subject of a Monday Silver Alert along with a 2-year-old boy was formally charged Thursday with three counts of resisting law enforcement, court documents say.

Naje Jackson, 22, was formally charged Thursday morning in Marion Superior Court 17. She’d been listed online as being in a Marion County jail on Wednesday night, but she was no longer in jail by Thursday afternoon, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Jackson’s bond had been set Wednesday at $500.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday shared court documents that Jackson injured sheriff’s Lt. Randall J. Maynard by digging her fingernails into his hand and causing bleeding. The charges also say she resisted arrest by Maynard and another law enforcement officer, sheriff’s Cpl. Steven Chandler.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Monday issued a Silver Alert for the boy, Nyeir Vance, and Jackson, the child’s noncustodial mother. Police had indicated she’d taken the child. The alert said the pair had last been seen around 9 p.m. Sunday near Colorado Avenue and 30th Street. That’s on the city’s east side a few block northwest of the I-70 interchange for Emerson Avenue.

On Tuesday after the Silver Alert had been issued, Jackson showed up at Indianapolis’ Community Justice Campus and said she’d been on the news for kidnapping and wanted to “take care of it,” court documents say.

Chandler met with Jackson. He contacted an IMPD missing persons detective assigned to the case after she had produced several documents stating that she had custody of the child, court documents says. The sheriff’s corporal, though, learned from the detective that the child’s father had been given full custody in a court case dated May 18. Chandler was told to take custody of the child from Jackson.

In turn, court documents say, Jackson became “argumentative and verbally combating” toward the law enforcement officers. As they tried to take the child into custody, Jackson became “physically combative” and “attempted to strike the Deputies trying to remove the baby from her lap.” That’s when Maynard was injured.

Jackson had complained of stomach pain after the child was secured and she’d been put her into handcuffs, but, once medics arrived to check her, she refused medical aid. Medics later cleared Jackson, court documents say.

Jackson also refused to stand once she’d been handcuffed, so deputies used “a Jail Wagon and a scoop stretcher” to escort her, as she kicked and swung her legs, to the Adult Detention Center.

Nyeir was later released to the custody of his father.

Stewart contacted the Indiana Department of Child Services to inform its personnel of what had happened, court documents say.

This story was updated Thursday with additional details.

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