7-year-old found unharmed after kidnapping; mother charged

(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
Cassandra Rogers (Source: SCSO)
Cassandra Rogers (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 7-year-old has been found unharmed after being kidnapped by his non-custodial mother.

Memphis Police Department launched the search to find Christian Rogers around 4 p.m.

Witnesses said the boy's mother, Cassandra Rogers, who was recently released from jail, arrived at Knob Hill Apartments on Florida Street, grabbed and hit the boy, dragged him across the street, and ran off with him.

"I said, "Chris come in the house; it's hot out here, come on in the house.' I told him come on in the house, she took him by his hand, and she ran with him. Dragged him and ran," Evelyn Williams, Christian's legal guardian, said.

The boy was last seen in the area of Texas Street and Dakota Place.

Williams said she has custody of 7-year-old Christian Rogers. She said his mother is in no condition to be responsible for him. However, both MPD and the boy's family said they do not believe he was in imminent danger with his mother.

Police searched for the missing boy on the ground and in the air for several hours before expanding their search to beyond the the South Memphis neighborhood.

MPD had K-9 units, officers on the ground, and a helicopter in the air all working to locate Christian.

"He didn't want to go. He didn't want to go," Williams said.

Christian was found around 8 p.m. at Clayborn Temple.

Cassandra was arrested and charged with custodial interference.

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