Update: Child Returned Safely

December 31, 2018 (MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis Police are pleased to announce that the child taken in violation of a Court Order on Monday has been turned over to 4th Precinct officers late Monday night safe and sound.

The MPD credits the concentrated publicity of this situation by the local and social media. Thank you to all who assisted in getting the word out.

This case remains an active investigation and no further information is available.


December 31, 2018 (MINNEAPOLIS) On December 31st at 2:00 pm. officers from the Minneapolis Police Department responded to the 3600 block of 4th Street North on a report of a woman who was taking her 5-year-old child against a court order.

Upon arrival, officers learned that Latiena LaShaunne Shavell Smith/DOB: August 26, 1994, arrived at the residence of a family member who has full legal custody of the child, grabbing the 5-year-old child and fled in a vehicle operated by a friend of Smith’s.  The vehicle is being described as a small red 4 door vehicle 2006 Saturn Ion.  Smith is described as being an African American female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

The abducted child is named Azherian Smith and was last seen wearing a red jumpsuit. The child is an African American male.

Anyone who knows the whereabout of either the mother or the child is asked to call 911 immediately. The mother has no legal parental rights.

The GO Report associated 18-424440.