Phoenix, AZ - “All of a sudden, he was just gone,” said Hillary Wood in response to the disappearance of her 3-year-old son, Dayton. The child had been playing with other children in a courtyard of his apartment complex when he just poofed. Hillary was inside her apartment, tending to another child – the apartment door was wide open – she could both see and hear Dayton from inside the home. She peeked outside to check on him and he was gone. When Hillary asked Dayton’s playmates where he was, the kids told her that he had been led away by an adult. The cops were called and a description of the child was immediately broadcast. Just 30 minutes after the initial 911 call, Dayton was spotted in the company of Ronda Williams. The two were found in a shopping center a few blocks away from the apartment complex.
Officers believe Ronda lured the child away with the promise of candy – whether she was going to return the child is unknown. Dayton, with gumdrops in his mouth and a Tootsie Roll in his pocket, was safe. “It was the worst possible fear I’ve ever gone through in my life. You don’t do that, you don’t take someone’s child, how could you do that?” said Hillary. Though Ronda lives just doors away in the same complex, she doesn’t know the child or his family. Ronda, 50, admitted to using meth before kidnapping the child. She has been booked on suspicion of custodial interference. The case is now in the hands of the FBI.Tags: Arizona, Crime, Kidnapping, meth, Mugshot, Phoenix