Mother accused of kidnapping Ponchatoula boys arrested after fleeing to Florida

Ponchatoula kidnapping suspect found in Florida, boys in protective custody

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A mother accused of kidnapping her own sons and driving them to Florida has been arrested after fleeing on foot.

An Amber Alert for the boys was issued early Wednesday morning, March 3, after the boys were reported missing the night before.

Deputies say Shawntel Heck showed up at their father’s house, hopped in the car with the boys inside, and drove to Florida. The car was located near Milton, Fla. with the children still inside. Heck reportedly fled from police on foot.

On March 8, deputies in Santa Rosa County arrested Heck.

Shawntel Heck, 38
Shawntel Heck, 38 (Source: Hammond Police)

Heck will be held without bond pending extradition to Tangipahoa Parish. Upon arrival at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, she will be charged with simple kidnapping and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

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