FARMINGTON -- Police on Monday spent the day following up on leads in an alleged middle-of-the-night abduction of a 4-year-old boy from his father's apartment by the boy's biological mother, according to Farmington police.
The child, Zion Lawrence, wearing Spiderman pajamas, allegedly was taken from Michael Lawrence's apartment at 145 North St. in Farmington at 3:30 a.m. by Jennifer Woodbury, 26, of 24 Locust St. in Madison.
Farmington Police Chief Richard Caton III said Woodbury was accompanied by Nicole Lamphere, 27, and an unidentified man described as being in his mid-20s with red hair and red facial hair.
Caton said Woodbury and her companions forced their way into the apartment, assaulted Lawrence and his companion, Ashley Winter, and drove off with the child in a gray 1993 Subaru station wagon with a registration number of 4738 RE.
Lawrence and Winter had minor injuries, the chief said.
Woodbury and Lawrence share custody of Zion, but the boy had been living with his father for several months, Caton said.
Lawrence told police he had had no recent contact with Woodbury leading up to Monday's incident.
"They did not have any formal custody agreement," Caton said. "They both have equal rights to the child."
Police said Monday that arrest warrants were being obtained on all three suspects for aggravated criminal trespass, a felony, and assault. Caton said if there is no word from Woodbury in the near future, the Franklin County District Attorney's Office could charge her with criminal restraint by a parent for removing the child to a place where he is not likely to be found.
Police said they believe Woodbury could be in the Madison and Skowhegan area or possibly could be on her way to Florida, where she has ties.
Zion is described as 3 feet 7 inches tall, 50 to 55 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Woodbury is 5 foot 3 with blond hair and blue eyes. Farmington police supplied a photo of Zion.
Anyone with information about his location is asked to contact the Farmington Police Department at 778-6311.
Maine State Police Lt. Brian McDonough, the state's Amber Alert coordinator and liaison with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, is assisting Farmington police with resources available to help recover missing children.
He said a missing person file has been distributed nationwide on the National Crime Information Network, but an Amber Alert has not been sent.
Betty Jespersen -- 778-6991