Police Looking for Grandma Who Abducted 8-Year-Old Grandson

Police say they've made numerous attempts to locate the 52-year-old grandmother to no avail and now consider her to be at large with the O'Fallon boy in her custody.

O'Fallon Police are looking for a woman they say abducted her 8-year-old grandson in December 2012 and is now refusing to give the boy back to his mother. 

According to an O'Fallon release, Donna Marie Andres, 52, abducted the boy from his O'Fallon home on West Park Drive on Dec. 26, 2012. Since then, Andres has refused to to give the boy back to his mother, who has court-ordered legal guardianship.

Police say they've made numerous attempts to locate Andres to no avail and now consider her to be at large with the boy in her custody. 

Andres is being charged with child abduction.

O'Fallon Patch will have more on this story as details become available. 

Pam Schroeder March 06, 2013 at 03:18 AM
I worked with Donna for years, and I know she is a great person and loves her grandson very much. and where ever they are I am positive it's in the grandsons best interest and he is loved and taken care of very well. Best of luck Donna and I hope this situation gets resolved very soon. I would do anything for my grand baby. And the grandson's mother needs to step up and be a Mom and do what's right for him and that is leave him with the person who has raised him and cared for him and let him be with the loving family he knows!
Cindy March 06, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Donna please know we love you and Sam very much and are praying that this all works out for the best. Have faith God will take care of it. I love you Sammy........
Matthew March 06, 2013 at 04:08 AM
It's sad that I don't have full custody of my son. He would be better off with me instead of hidden away or taken out of state to a mom who he barely knows.
Ashamed March 06, 2013 at 07:58 AM
You people are f'ing stupid! Are you kidding me? Donna is violating the law?! But then you scorn the babies mother for doing the same? You people have 0 knowledge of this and are going off wild accusations posted on a website by people who make claims to be relatives. The child is being hidden away because Donna is a crazy bitch. If she really had legal right to believe Jessica was an unfit mother why nor battle her in court? Why not sue her? Why not follow the f'n laws!!!! Has the world really gone mad? Siding with the criminal element? You are the same people who would cut off your nose to spite your face. People like Donna and her family make me wish breeding was regulated by the government.
Ashamed March 06, 2013 at 08:08 AM
You are 100% correct! Thank you. You have given me hope in humanity again.
brenda love March 06, 2013 at 01:01 PM
That is a wonderful thing then. If the grandmother has custody of the child, she is protecting her grandchild, and making sure the mother can't get to him..
Matthew March 06, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Hey now ashamed I'm trying to do everything through court I just was stating that as of right now my child is not in harms way. Also I would have rather not had all this blasted out on the web. The only reason I started was to let people now that he was safe no one needs to no more
andre germain March 06, 2013 at 02:58 PM
you know the grandmother could be crazy? She probaly is crazy for any number of reasons. May be its some kind of religious thing and from her point of view she is doing whats right but in reality it is wrong.
Ashamed March 06, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Matthew, That is a BS statement. If you'd rather it not be blasted on the web then YOU would not have "blasted" it. You are letting people who cannot help you know privileged information for what reason? What can they do to help? The proper authorities have already been informed of what is going on and have enough evidence to go forward with getting the child back to his mother. This article mentions nothing of the mother’s whereabouts AND clearly states the child was taken from O'Fallon, Missouri and not Georgia or Alaska like you, and others, posted previously. If you really cared for anyone involved in this you wouldn't have said anything publicly. You should have taken your evidence to the Police involved and not attempted to tarnish the name of you "supposed" child's mother. I find it funny how you can speak on the child's behalf for how well he is doing, yet, seemingly have no idea of his actual location? So how can you know he is safe or even still alive? If you are adding and abetting a known fugitive of the law then you are just as guilty as the people you chastise. If you really cared for you “son” you would be turning in your “mother in law” for the crime she committed and fighting the court to get your child yourself. Why don’t you have full custody? Have you been an unfit parent to the child? Oh, and the same woman who stole your “son” RAISED the woman you scorn for being an unfit mother. Hmmm, interesting.
bran_ March 06, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Matthew, just curious as to why your son was living with grandma and not yourself?
Kelly M March 06, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Donna is a good woman for taking care of her grandson since jessica is a retard. And matthew im sorry that u dont have your son, but why is this even on the news if donna has custody? The courts should not allow your son to be back with his mother. How can she abduct him for 3months and someone say something about it now? The mother is acting like a child. If she didnt care about him then, then why does she care now? Donna do your best to keep your grandson. He needs you. And mathew i hope that you will continue to be in his life because a child needs their daddy.
Rebecca March 06, 2013 at 03:07 PM
If you are trying to do everything through court then you know that your chances of keeping your son are slim to none after you purposely hid him from the courts and his mother. Quit forcing your son to remain in hiding. If they can't locate him then how is he attending school? Seeing the doctor? How can you assure his basic needs are being met? BOTH parents have a right to their child, as I am sure the courts have told you. Instead, you have taken the law into your own hands and have forced your son into a situation that he can now read about the rest of his life, on the Internet. Oh yes, you guys are father and grandmother of the year. When the child is of age he may then make the choice of whether or not to see his mother, but in the meantime you have a responsibility to ensure he gets the chance to make that choice. If you don't your child will eventually resent you, and frankly I wouldn't blame him. Let go of your fear, and let your son see HIS mother, as it is his basic right to do. On a side note, I agree with ASHAMED, what is wrong with people? You receive one side of the story and base your opinions on that. Whatever happened to thinking critically and challenging what you hear?
Kelly M March 06, 2013 at 03:09 PM
And if Donna really abducted him then why wasnt there an Amber alert the day of??? That was December 26, 2012...Leave the boy where he is comfortable and loved. The mom probably just wants him to collect child support or get money from the state. This is ridiculous!! I am so proud to be studying law to become a lawyer, so that I can defend the good and defeat the bad!! Donna wherever you and sam are, you are a blessing!!!
Erik Farr March 06, 2013 at 03:31 PM
If you read it correctly, you would realize that the mother has custody not the grandmother. Although, I do believe there is a hell of alot more to the story then they're letting us know
Erik Farr March 06, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Would you wanna have your mother incarcerated? That would be a extremely hard decision to make. The grandmother im sure truly loves this boy and is probably trying to protect him in some way but, she has to know this is the wrong way to go about it. There are proper channels to go through. If the mother who has custody was harming or knew her child was being harmed, then why didn't G-ma just call DFS? I guess thinking about it, that takes me back to my opening statement but reversed. Debbie do the right thing and talk to the police straighten this up and clarify it for everyone. Take it from someone that made a horribly stup de
bran_ March 06, 2013 at 03:45 PM
If I was a young mother, and the best thing for my son was to leave him with his family, which should have been his dad and not grandma, while I settled, then that would make me a great mom! That would be the hardest decision a mom could make for the sake of a child! Regardless, that is her child and if dad can't take care of him and mom can....I read in a post that he fell down and need stitches. My son has broken his arm at school and fallen at home and needed stitches. Neglect? No, a boy, lol. I also read above that she had told him she was feeding the baby and Sam would have to wait. I have 2 other children and have said the same. Again, neglect? Hardly! Give this woman a chance to love her son and he, since when does an 8 year get to make life decisions about whether or not he wants to see his mom, a chance to know and love her. Building relationships is hard on adults and probably much easier for a child. I'm sure that during his time with grandma he Never heard or overheard grandma or dad saying how terrible mom was, never, right!? (That was sarcastic) I don't know any of you but I have 3 kids and would do whatever I had to, including leaving them with their dad, to insure their well-being. Thank goodness life has been kind to us and I am thankful every day for that.
PingGolfer March 06, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Sounds to me that "ashamed" and "Rebecca" are friends with the mother and taking her side
Erik Farr March 06, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Would you wanna have your mother incarcerated? That would be a extremely hard decision to make. The grandmother im sure truly loves this boy and is probably trying to protect him in some way but, she has to know this is the wrong way to go about it. There are proper channels to go through. If the mother who has custody was harming or knew her child was being harmed, then why didn't G-ma just call DFS? I guess thinking about it, that takes me back to my opening statement but reversed. Debbie do the right thing and talk to the police straighten this up and clarify it for everyone. Take it from someone that made a horribly stupid decision when he was a teen. I did five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. You know what though if I don't regret it, I wouldn't be the person I am today though if I didn't mess up earlier in life but I know there had to be an easier way to go about becoming the honest, productive, law abiding citizen I am today. Prison is no joke Debbie!
amra March 06, 2013 at 03:49 PM
The mother gave up the child long time ago. I am trying to figure out why it took the mother so long to call the police. If she cared so much. If the grandma got custody of the child then wtf. This mother wants now . I think if you can sleep around and have kids with every man you with. And if you gave up the child then .You should not come out 3 months later acting like you are a great mother. And as the father goes why the hell did you give someone else coustody of your child. I disagree with some of you . The child should be with someone who cares for the child and not trying to get him back just so you can piss off the other parent. Such a shame how all of you are acting in this situation. Go about it as adults and hamdle it in court. The child dose not deserve this stupidity.
amra March 06, 2013 at 03:50 PM
** handle
Rebecca March 06, 2013 at 03:51 PM
These are excellent points and well stated, Bran_. I also felt that the statement regarding stiches was a stretch for neglect. It is possible that the mother allowed the grandmother/father visitation for a period and when she returned for her son, the father refused to return him, and the grandmother cut and ran with the child. Once again, two sides to every story. I am glad to see there are still some intelligent people out there who don't just agree with everything they hear, especially when the source seems biased.
Rebecca March 06, 2013 at 04:07 PM
To the contrary,I just prefer to know both sides of a story before jumping to the conclusions that someone is a "bad person" based on the statements of an obviously biased person. The child has a right to have his case decided in court, and the grandmother and father are taking that right away by concealing him. There is a reason for family courts, and that is to hear both sides of a story before coming to a judgement. The concealment of a child after 119 days by a parent or a child abduction charge by another family memeber are felony charges in the state of Missouri. I simply feel that the father and grandmother are doing nothing for their case by keeping the child in hiding, and that in the long run they are hurting their chances of "protecting" the child from his mother. Family law states that both parents have a right to their child; therefore, the decision becomes the courts' choice, and not the grandmother's.
chris March 06, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Apparently theirs a lot that needs to be sorted out by the family courts and theirs is some lies being told. All party's are in the wrong here and not acting in the child's best interest AND should be ashamed by your actions! Grandmother should turn the child over to the courts so he can be removed from the turmoil whilst this is sorted out by the courts.
June Elaine Fraser March 06, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I agree Chris. This has become way out of hand. The child should not be used as a pawn in this way. Return him to his legal guardian, and if you don't like where he is, go to court and battle it out there....NOT IN FRONT OF THE CHILD! Shame on you for putting him through this garbage!!! And we wonder why kids have social problems and other problems when they get older!
Cindy March 06, 2013 at 05:14 PM
First off! None of you have a clue whats really going on! It is so easy for people to pass judgment when it has absolutely. .... nothing to do with them! Unless you are fully aware of whats going on you really should think before you type! The court's are fully aware of the situation and this has always been handled in court! We try to teach our children not to bully others, to stay out of others business and not listen to rumors! All you are doing is bullying! The news is only giving you a small part of the puzzle!
Tamara Duncan March 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM
The child has been located, and the grandmother arrested. See our new story on the front page of OFallon.Patch.com
Matthew March 07, 2013 at 05:43 AM
Wow there is some hate coming my way on this one. I kinda care what you people think. But you wouldn't know everything that I have done and do unless I told you. All I really wanted to say when I seen this story is that he was safe I know that bc I know his grandmother. Maybe she didn't do the right thing but she did it bc she thought she was protecting my son. This would have been worked out one way or anouther. To bad that it had to go down like a head line Hoosier story.
Matthew March 07, 2013 at 05:53 AM
And I didn't have anything to do with keeping him away from the mom I was in contact with the mom the whole time. I've always went through the court and did what it has told me I don't fight it I was not a part of this or my picture would have been up there too
Lori March 08, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I would like to say I'm a friend of the family. I have seen with my own eyes the verbal and phyiscal abuse the mother is toward Sam. I have watched her up and leave for months without calling him. This is a game to her. She is selfish and using Sam as a token that she has won in this matter. She lies all the time, so beware! Jessica doesn't have that bond that a mother and child build at birth. She treats him like a younger brother with no patience and a pain in her ass. She will abuse Sam for all that has happened and I only pray that Donna or Matt gets full custody of Sam. She doesn't derserve this child now after never being around in his life when he was younger, and when she was there she treated her cats better than her own child! Donna was protecting Sam and I back her. It might not have been legal, but then our legal system sucks. Sometimes you have to put things into your own hands to make sure that someone is safe. Matt don't worry about the hate you are getting on this site. These people have no idea what is really going on and just wants to flap their lips.
Jimmy Rome May 14, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Grandmother seeks justice. http://grandmaseeksjustice.weebly.com/


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