2-month-old reunited with grandmother, Parents jailed - WKRN News 2

Missing 2-month-old reunited with grandmother, Parents jailed

Posted: Updated: Nov 15, 2012 8:41 AM
Two-month-old Eric Goolsby was reunited with his grandmother Wednesday morning. Two-month-old Eric Goolsby was reunited with his grandmother Wednesday morning.
Two-month-old Eric Goolsby was found by the TBI early Wednesday morning. Two-month-old Eric Goolsby was found by the TBI early Wednesday morning.
Chasity Goolsby, 24, doesn't have custody of her son because of ongoing drug problems. Chasity Goolsby, 24, doesn't have custody of her son because of ongoing drug problems.
Eric Owens, 38, faces charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference. Eric Owens, 38, faces charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference.
GALLATIN, Tenn. -

A missing two-month-old Gallatin infant has been reunited with his grandmother after the boy was taken from her home Tuesday evening.

An Amber Alert was issued for Eric Goolsby around 1 a.m. Wednesday after Eric Owens, the baby's non-custodial father, took him from his grandmother's house on South Water Street sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Owens, 38, contacted the grandmother shortly before 7 a.m. and told her he planned to surrender himself with the baby at the Gallatin Police Department.

However, before he could, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials located the pair and the Amber Alert was cancelled just after 8 a.m.

"Words can't even describe it," grandmother Angela Walker said following Wednesday morning's reunion. "[It was] very scary all night not knowing if the baby was warm [and] if he had a bottle."

According to the initial alert, the infant's mother, Chasity Goolsby, 24, was at her mother's South Water Street home and called Owens to come pick up the baby. 

"Evidently she gave him permission to come and get him, but he doesn't she doesn't have custody either," Walker said.

Walker was not home at the time but other family members were there, caring for the child.

Walker returned home around 9:30 p.m., found the baby gone and immediately called police.

"I've been up all night. My nerves [are] totally shot," she continued. "I'm sure he needs his diaper changed. [I will] take good care of him. Now he won't be out of my sight again."

Owens was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference and booked into the Sumner County jail. His bond was set at $110,000.

Police said Walker has custody of baby Eric because Chasity Goolsby has ongoing drug problems.

Goolsby notified authorities around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday she was ready to turn herself in.

She was arrested a short time later and booked on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference.  Her bond was set at $90,000.

Police said Goolsby also has outstanding warrants in Davidson County for prostitution, theft of property and possession of a controlled substance.

Both Owens and Goolsby are scheduled to appear in court December 19.

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