MARQUETTE - The grandmother and father who police said were involved in the kidnapping of a little girl appeared in court Friday.
Robin Eggers, 58, and Jesse Wiggin, 25, were both charged with children - unlawful retention by a parent, a felony, in 96th District Court in Marquette and appeared in court Friday for a preliminary examination.
Wiggin pleaded not guilty and his case was dismissed. Eggers was ordered not to have contact with the girl or the girl's mother. A motion was made to hold another hearing in her case, but no hearing date was scheduled, according to court personnel.
Eggers and her son Wiggin had been court ordered to return Wiggin's 3-year-old daughter to her mother on Dec. 29 by 6 p.m. When the child was not turned over, she was reported missing.
Warrants were issued on Jan. 2 for Eggers and Wiggin for kidnapping - custodial interference, a felony. Wiggin was arrested Jan. 4 by Marquette County Sheriff's deputies at the courthouse when he showed up at the Department of Human Services for a hearing, said Forsyth Township Police Chief Tim Rector.
Eggers was arrested later that day at the DHS in Escanaba by Delta County Sheriff's deputies, Rector said. She was then transported to Marquette County Jail. The child was found with Eggers in Escanaba.
According to Rector, the Escanaba DHS kept the child and was to make arrangements with her mother to get her.
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