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Pamela Maye Charged In Darnell Taylor Murder

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Pamela Maye is a woman from Ohio who was the foster mother of Darnell Taylor. Darnell was reported missing and police would later find the five year old’s body and now Maye has been charged with his murder

According to police reports Pamela Maye would wake up her husband and told him that Darnell Taylor had been hurt. Maye would then leave the residence with the five year old and police were notified and a search began

Darnell Taylor body would be found in a sewage drain in Columbus Ohio after Pamela Maye would tell officers where they could find his body after she was arrested yesterday

Pamela Maye has been charged with murder, first-degree felony kidnapping and third-degree felony endangering children.

Pamela Maye News

A 5-year-old missing Ohio boy has been found dead, and his foster mother has been arrested and charged with his murder, the Columbus Division of Police announced at a Friday morning press conference.

Darnell Taylor had been missing since Wednesday, and police feared for his safety after his foster mother, Pammy Maye, 48, woke her husband up in their Columbus home to tell him the boy had been hurt. She then fled the scene in a Jeep Cherokee, and a statewide Amber Alert was issued for Taylor at around 5:10 a.m.

Taylor was found dead by police in a sewage drain in the 1000 block of Marsdale Avenue, in southwest Columbus, at around 1 a.m. Friday morning after Maye told the Columbus Division of Police about his whereabouts.

Police had arrested Maye in the Cleveland suburb of Brooklyn on Thursday at around 9:40 p.m. wearing a nightgown, and she was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Her vehicle had been found in the nearby Parkview Estates apartment complex. Brooklyn is about 150 miles from Columbus.

“We have reached a pivotal point in this investigation, we have some very unfortunate news to share,” Chief Elaine R. Bryant said at the press briefing.

“This is a tragic development….this is not the outcome that we wanted but we are going to make sure that we can do everything we can to bring justice for Darnell.”

Bryant said police could not provide details about the boy’s death, given the case is now a homicide investigation.

The jeep Maye was believed to be driving was found in the parking lot of a Brooklyn, Ohio, apartment complex a few hours after the Amber Alert was issued. The vehicle was about 150 miles from the home in Columbus where the situation first began.

Maye’s husband had called 911 shortly before 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

According to a court document seen by WCMH, Maye’s husband told a 911 operator that she killed the child, allegedly saying the boy was no longer alive and had not been seen since Monday or Tuesday.

The document said while he was on the phone with dispatchers, Maye tried to cover her husband’s mouth while telling him she had a plan, WCMH reports.

She then fled their Columbus house during the call.

Her husband also said in the call that she suffered from bipolar disorder, a mental illness that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, activity levels, and concentration.

Pamela Maye was also charged with first-degree felony kidnapping and third-degree felony endangering children.

Pamela Maye Other News

An Ohio Amber Alert was activated statewide early Wednesday morning by the Columbus Police Department as authorities continue their search for a missing boy identified as 5-year-old Darnell Taylor — and police have confirmed the suspect’s vehicle was found near Cleveland.

Columbus police announced during a brief press conference early Friday morning that a body believed to be that of Darnell’s had been found.

“This is a tragic development and we certainly hoped for a different outcome,” said Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant.

The situation started shortly after 3 a.m. when officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Reeb Avenue in Columbus. Police say the caller stated that his wife — 48-year-old Pamela Maye — woke him up and made statements that made him believe Darnell, who is their foster child, had been hurt. Police report the caller also said that Maye abruptly left the residence in a 2015 Jeep Cherokee.

Columbus police gave an update on Thursday afternoon regarding the Amber Alert.

“Based on this investigation, we are going to continue to follow every lead we have,” Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said. “We will continue to do so until we have located Darnell and Pam.”

During the press conference, officials urged the residents of Northeast Ohio, specifically those in Linndale, Brooklyn, and Cleveland, to contact (614) 645-2228 if they saw a 2015 Jeep Cherokee between 5-6 a.m. on Wednesday.

Officials also urged business owners in Northeast Ohio to contact police if the vehicle stopped at their business.

Records from Franklin County Municipal Court show a warrant has been issued for Pamela Maye’s arrest on charges of kidnapping and endangering children.

At the end of the press conference, Bryant urged Pamela Maye to contact the police.

“Pammy, if you’re watching this, can you please reach out and contact us? We need to know that Darnell is safe, and we need to know if you are safe. Reach out, contact us, let us know that you are okay,” said Bryant.

Also on Thursday, officials released the full 911 call from Maye’s husband. According to his recounting of events, Maye told him that “she killed out son.”

“She just woke me up and said, ‘He’s not here no more,'” the caller claimed. “I said, ‘What did you do to him?’ She said, ‘He’s not alive,’ and then when I tried to grab the phone to call you, she started fighting me.”

The caller also told authorities that Pamela Maye suffers from depression and bipolar disorder but has been taking medicine for it. At this time, officials have given every indication that they still believe Darnell is alive.

3News reached out to the Brooklyn Police Department for an update on its search for Pamela Maye and Taylor. Acting Police Chief Lieutenant Cindy Eschweiler says while the department has no new information, they have been working with the U.S. Marshals Service.

“Unfortunately, they’re (U.S. Marshals) still working on leads,” Eschweiler added.

The Ohio Amber Alert was issued with Columbus police saying Darnell was believed to have been abducted.

A short time later, another Amber Alert blast was sent out shortly before 6 a.m. that declared “last seen near Cleveland.” Columbus police told 3News they were alerted that the suspect’s vehicle could be in the Cleveland area after receiving a Flock hit (license plate readers) on the Jeep. Columbus police later confirmed it was found in Brooklyn, Ohio, shortly before 6 a.m.

Brooklyn police impounded the vehicle.

Although the vehicle was located, police say Darnell and Maye remain missing.

Darnell is described as having black hair and brown eyes. Police say it’s believed he may be wearing Spider-Man pajamas and white boots.

Pamela Maye is described as 4’9” tall, weighs 115 pounds with brown hair and eyes. She was reportedly last seen wearing a green floral nightgown with pink shoes.

When a reporter asked Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant if it’s believed the child is still alive, she offered this response: “We have no idea what we’re dealing with right now. That’s why we’re asking for the public’s assistance. Any information you can give us, we would greatly appreciate it.”

Anybody who has information or sees the child, suspect or vehicle is asked to call 911. Columbus police also have a tip line you can call at 614-645-2228. Residents in Columbus and Brooklyn are also being asked to “search their private property for anything that appears to be missing or is out of place.”

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