Detroit AMBER Alert suspect's sister: 'This was all a big misunderstanding'

Posted at 10:28 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 18:15:33-04

The sister of the suspect in the kidnapping of a 2-year-old Detroit girl that prompted an AMBER Alert said the entire situation was a misunderstanding.

Grady Barrett, 42, allegedly kidnapping 2-year-old Sondra Renee at gunpoint early Tuesday morning on the city's west side.

After a nearly hour-long police chase, Barrett and another woman were arrested near 7 Mile and Meyers and Sondra was found safe.

Barrett's sister, Tina Parker, spoke to 7 Action News at the scene of the crash shortly after her brother was arrested.

"Well, this was all a big misunderstanding, from the AMBER Alert this morning," she said. "He did not kidnap the baby. If that was the case, why would the mother's child be in the truck with him right now?"

Parker also said that Barrett and his girlfriend, Sondra's mother, have many issues.

"They go through this all the time, I really don't understand the whole mishap," she added.

Parker did say he was wrong for running from the police.

"He was wrong for running, I do agree with that. But he’s a black man in America now," she said. "Who is going to really want to bow down to the police?"

"He didn't kidnap no baby," she said. "he didn't even have a gun. I just want to clear my brother's name."