Police: Young mother flees with baby after custody order


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say they are looking for a young mother who fled with her baby after she was ordered to temporarily give up custody of the infant.

The Portsmouth Police Department says the mother, Tabitha Rantanen, is considered a fugitive and her 4-month-old daughter, Khalieyah, is listed as “endangered” by the National Crime Information Center.

Police say the Portsmouth Family Court on Feb. 13 ordered the 24-year-old woman to surrender custody of her baby, pending a hearing, but Rantanen fled New Hampshire with the child when she learned of the order. Police say she may be in the Greenfield, Massachusetts, area. They didn’t provide details on the issues in the court case.

A felony warrant has been issued for Rantanen’s arrest on a charge of interference with custody.

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