A Houston woman Monday was sentenced to 12 months in the county jail for her role in the abduction of a 2-year-old boy that set off an Amber Alert and a several-hour search in 2017.

Hailey Danielle Richter, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with child custody and had another charge of kidnapping dismissed as part of a plea agreement, court records show.

Monday’s plea brings to an end a case that began when police arrested Richter and her accomplice, Zikeyas Lavon Deshun McCullum, 22, after the two took a 2-year-old boy from a La Marque residence Jan. 26 last year, records show.

La Marque police responded to a report of a child abduction about 1:45 p.m. that day in the 200 block of Taylor Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The grandmother, who is the legal guardian of the 2-year-old boy, told police his biological mother, Richter, had gone to the home along with McCullum, according to the affidavit.

Richter was allowed only supervised contact with the boy, according to the affidavit.

During the incident, Richter attacked the grandmother with pepper spray, pushed her head into a door and ran out of the residence with the boy, according to the affidavit.

The grandmother gave chase, but Richter pepper sprayed her again and punched her multiple times in the face before getting in a car and driving off with McCullum and the boy, according to the affidavit.

The boy was eventually found in Harris County and returned to the grandmother, officials said.

Police arrested Richter and McCullum and both were initially charged with kidnapping.

McCullum pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with child custody and was sentenced to 18 months in state jail for his role in the abduction, court records show.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com



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