COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA) -- Howard County police apprehended a woman Thursday afternoon for abducting another woman's child overnight in Columbia, but she was released without prosecution after "detectives determined that the case appeared to be a domestic situation, not an abduction," say police.
Tiara Monique-Williams was arrested in Suitland at the home of a relative around 2 p.m. Thursday without incident. Police were told that 23-year-old Monique-Williams took 16-month-old Kayden King-Gayman while watching her at the child's mother's home in the 9400 block of Ridge View Drive in Columbia.
The incident was reported to police around midnight, say Howard County police.
The child was unharmed at the Suitland home and Monique-Williams was not at the location when the child was first found, but she returned later and was arrested.
Howard County police, the FBI, Secret Service and Maryland State Police worked together in this investigation. Detectives later determined that this was a domestic situation and Monique-Williams has not been charged with abduction.
Police say that Monique-Williams was once the mother's domestic partner and helped raise the child since birth. They share parental responsibility for the girl but police say they did not get that information from the mother when she originally reported the child was missing.
Police now believe Williams went to the mother's house to stay with the child while the mother was out. Williams told police that she had texted the mother that she was leaving the house with the child.
Howard County police do say that Williams was wanted on an unrelated arrest warrant in Prince George's County and processed on that warrant but released. Police did not say what crime Williams was wanted for.
Police are still investigating to determine if anyone will face criminal charges in this case.