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MCSO Press Release – Homicide and Infant Kidnapping (Updated)

April 18, 2012 10:05 a.m.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Detectives Melanie Wood and Chad May, assigned to the investigation of the missing child and the murder of his mother, began a systematic canvas and search of the areas near the murder scene. 

The canvas and search grew in diameter and Detective Wood drove though the parking lot of the Fawn Ridge Apartments on Sawdust Road.  Detective Wood saw a parked vehicle that closely matched the vehicle that had been described by witnesses.

Verna Deann McClain

After questioning residents and examining the vehicle the two detectives alerted the investigative command of their findings. 

SWAT officers entered the apartment at Fawn Ridge to determine if the kidnapped child was in the residence.  The investigation continued to expand and intelligence information forwarded to investigators. 

The suspect arrived at the apartment complex and provided investigators with information leading detectives to a residence on FM 1960 in Harris County.  Texas Rangers found the child at the residence on FM 1960 with the suspect’s sister.  The child was unharmed.

During the interview with detectives the suspect provided information that led to her arrest.  Physical evidence has been found in both residences and the car that support the arrest of the suspect.

Investigators believe the suspect acted alone and that a second suspect is not at large, but will maintain vigilance to the contrary.  As the investigation continues today detectives will examine evidence and conduct additional interviews.

The critical part of this investigation is complete with the safe recovery of the child and the arrest of the murder and kidnapping suspect.  Investigator will continue their inquiry into the facts surrounding this case to present to the District Attorney’s Office.

Arrested:
Verna Deann McClain            B/F      05/05/1981

Charged and arrested: Capital Murder

There will be a joint Press Conference at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in the Media Room today at 2:00 PM.

Information Source:

Lt. Dan Norris
Administrative Services 


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4-17-12 8:00 p.m.

This afternoon shortly after 2:00 PM, a young mother left her pediatrician’s office on Borough Park Drive in South Montgomery County with her 3 day old child after a checkup.  When the mother put the child in her pick-up some type of altercation erupted with the occupant in the car parked next to her. 

The occupant of the other car shot the young mother several times then took her child out of the car and placed the baby into her own car.

The young mother tried to get to her baby but was knocked to the ground as the suspect drove away.  Witnesses believe that there was a black male occupant in the passenger seat.

The victim Kayla Marie Golden (WF 3-3-84) of Spring, Texas was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she died of her wounds.

The female suspect is described as a black female – skinny- golden hair in her late 20’s to early 30’s.  There is no description of the suspect in the passenger seat.  The escape vehicle has been described as “sky blue or teal or maybe light green.”

Keegan Schuchardt 3 days old has not been located.  Anyone who believes that they may have information about the suspect should immediately call their local police or Crime Stoppers.

Information Source:

Lt. Dan Norris
Administrative Services

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Original Press Release
The above child was kidnapped from his mother while leaving the pediatrician’s office at 25230 Burrough Park Dr, Spring, TX around 14:40 hrs. today.  A black female shot the child’s Mother and took the baby. The baby is wearing a green and white one piece outfit that snaps between the legs.  Suspect took the child’s infant carrier but did not take the base of the carrier.
 
 
 

 

Keegan Schuchardt

Suspect was wearing a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans and driving a light blue or sea green newer model Lexis, unknown license plate.  Suspect was driving Southbound on Burrough Park towards I-45.  Unknown direction of travel from there.

The child’s Mother was later pronounced dead at Hermann Memorial, The Woodlands, TX.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Detective John Schmitt
or
 Captain Bruce Zenor

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