ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Police say a Long Island grandmother helped her son kidnap his former girlfriend and her 11-month-old son, and hold them hostage during a series of hellish days.
Detectives arrested 20-year-old Malachi Blaylock and 51-year-old Yolanda Gilreath Monday. Blaylock faces 11 charges ranging from kidnapping to strangulation; Gilreath was charged with kidnapping, hindering prosecution, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police say the victim, a 20-year-old woman, went to Gilreath’s Old Mill Court house so her son could spend time with her grandmother. When the door opened, however, the woman was confronted by Blaylock, her former boyfriend and father of her baby, who she has an order of protection against.
Blaylock allegedly snatched the child from the woman’s arms and ordered her into a bedroom. He passed the baby to Gilreath and pushed the baby’s mother to the floor, telling her she couldn’t leave and punching her in the face and body, police said.
For the next five days, Blaylock tortured the woman, stabbing her with scissors, beating her and threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun, cops say. She allegedly tried to flee multiple times, but was caught each time.
On Wednesday, Blaylock and Gilreath moved the woman and child to another location in Hempstead, and it was there that the victim managed to call her mother when her alleged captors were out. Her mother took the woman to the hospital and police arrested Blaylock in Hempstead and Gilreath in Rockville Centre.
Both will be arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.