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Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:59 a.m.

Deputies: Infant found after being abducted from home in custody battle

By Julie Baker

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has located a 3-month-old boy and his parents after the child was taken without permission from a Superior Township home during an ongoing custody battle.


Soloman Emmanuel Brandon, in a photo taken three days ago

Courtesy of Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

The sheriff's office issued a Nixle alert around 11:55 p.m. Sunday after 3-month-old Soloman Emmanuel Brandon was taken about 7 p.m. by his mother from a home 9000 block of Ascot Drive. Deputies said the mother is not the caretaker of the child and did not have permission to take him.

Police said Monday morning they located and arrested the biological parents, 21-year-old Rachel McPherson and 22-year-old Derris Brandon. Soloman was found safe and unharmed.

Deputies said McPherson took Soloman from his biological grandmother. On Sunday, she was last seen on foot in the MacArthur Boulevard area of Superior Township.

More details will be released as the investigation continues.



Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 2:50 p.m.

I went to high school with the mother. This is an unfortuante story. I will pray for the child and the parents at this point.


Sat, May 25, 2013 : 2:03 a.m.

thank you


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 10:44 p.m.

Hard to believe it happened on/in/near Macarthur Blvd.

Superior Twp voter

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:45 p.m.

Children having children, chapter neverending.


Sat, May 25, 2013 : 1:59 a.m.

first of all, im pretty sure it says ascot drive. thats not the projects. my family has never lived in the projects. although i was going through ppd i take full responsibility for what i did. however you shouldn't be so quick to judge a person you've never met based off an internet article that's scantily true. peace and love to you


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:35 p.m.

Matt Cooper--they are called facts. Macarthur Blvd mainly consists of 2 large low income-housing projects where the residents get by on Section 8 houring assistance.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 12:05 a.m.

stevek? I totally agree with you on that one.

Matt Cooper

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 11:52 p.m.

stevek....I'm wondering where it says anything at all about the mother living on government assistance. I'm not seeing that in the article. Can you point it out for me? Or is that just your own prejudice or other personal biases creeping in? Just curious.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 10:46 p.m.

Matt--It's a figure of speech. Adults should know that if you live on gov't assistance and can't afford to live on your own, having a child doesn't fix the problem.

Matt Cooper

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 8:53 p.m.

At 21, she's hardly a child.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:22 p.m.

This reminds of an article I just read out of the NYC Times where this boy 20 some odd years ago was taken by his grandparents due to a custody battle. Parents never knew what happened to their son until a social security card reopened an old cold case and the boy was found. Because the statue of limitations had passed, no charges were filed. Glad this child didn't fall into the same fate as this boy did. The article is very recent.

Linda Peck

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4:56 p.m.

This is a beautiful baby boy who does look anxious here, possibly frightened. My prayers go out for this little one. May his life be peaceful and full of love.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 8:58 p.m.

He looks like a baby...Is he supposed to be sitting up and smiling for the camera at 3 months???


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:10 p.m.

What is a "Nixle Alert"? I've heard of an Amber Alert, but not a Nixle. Seems like they need to explain the term if they want it to have the same significance. Or did I totally miss the creation of this new alert?


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4:34 p.m.

I didn't know what it was either. Thanks for getting an explanation. The other bit I didn't understand was the relevance of the grandmother being seen on foot somewhere.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:31 p.m.

Nixle Alerts have been around for awhile. I subscribe to it and it has helped when I got alerted to crashes when I was going to be driving that way. You also get notified about crime nearby so you can be more vigilant.

Julie Baker

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:22 p.m.

The sheriff's office and several local public safety departments use Nixle alerts to inform residents about certain crimes, crashes and even weather alerts. You can subscribe to get the alerts via text or email. I just added a link to this particular alert in the story:


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:16 p.m.

@RRinAA: Following this link:


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:03 p.m.

Why do some people use their own children as hostages instead trying to be a responsible adult and get your child back legally?

Renee S.

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

Emotions run high when a child is involved. It was not a smart thing to do, but as the mom of an 8 month old I can imagine myself doing the same thing.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:53 p.m.

Adorable baby - so sorry he's caught in the middle.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:41 p.m.

The above leaves out one small, and I am sure insignificant detail, that being that the kid was taken from his grandmother. I'm sure had some reason for leaving this detail out and deleting my post on the subject. I guess we just all need to trust their judgement in this regard.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:47 p.m.

I apologize, I read the article at least twice and missed it. For some reason it popped out on the linked article.

Julie Baker

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:44 p.m.

That detail is in the fourth paragraph: Deputies said McPherson took Soloman from his biological grandmother.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

I understood it.