3 charged in alleged abduction of infant in O'Hara Township

Police say O'Hara child abduction plot stretched across country

O'HARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police charged three people in connection with the alleged abduction of an infant boy Friday, including a man who believes he is the child's father, that man's mother and her boyfriend, Allegheny County police said.

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Ashton Curtis, 29, and an O'Hara woman have been romantically involved for three years, police said. After the baby boy was born, Curtis believed he was the father but the woman did not, and the matter was never officially settled, police said.

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(Ashton Curtis/ Allegheny County Jail)

Curtis arrived at her home Thursday in a red pickup truck and spent the night, even though he was asked to leave, police said. In the morning, he allegedly sneaked out with the boy and left in a silver SUV.

Police say Curtis' mother, Kimberly Marine, 48, and her boyfriend, John Hall, 53, flew from Texas to Columbus, Ohio, where they rented the silver SUV.

(Kimberly Marine and John Hall/ Allegheny County Jail)

They drove it to the O'Hara home, stopping along the way to purchase a car seat, then swapped it with the pickup truck before checking into a hotel, police said.

After Curtis allegedly took the baby, Marine joined him in the SUV, Hall followed in the pickup truck and they began driving toward Texas, police said. State troopers pulled over both vehicles on Interstate 70 in Claysville around noon.

All three are currently in the Allegheny County Jail, charged with concealing the whereabouts of a child, interference with custody of a child and conspiracy.

Curtis filed a petition for custody of the baby but withdrew it, according to the criminal complaint.

Curtis and Marine came to Pittsburgh from Texas when the boy was born but were removed from UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital for arguing with the boy's mother.