Broward County

Two arrested after armed home invasion, kidnapping of infant

Stephanie Augustin
Stephanie Augustin

Two people — including a 14-year boy — were arrested after detectives say they broke into a Fort Lauderdale home and kidnapped a 2-month-old girl.

The home invasion on Friday night led to an Amber Alert early Saturday asking Floridians to be on the lookout for Taraji Kemp, who was last seen in a pink onesie. The baby was found alive Saturday night in Orlando.

Stephanie Augustin, 23, faces charges that include aggravated child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed burglary of a dwelling, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and kidnapping. The teen — who has not been identified — faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed burglary of a dwelling.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Augustin and the teen — who was armed with a gun — broke into a home at 2770 NW 14th Ct. near Fort Lauderdale just after 11 p.m. Friday.

Taraji’s mother, who is Augustin’s cousin, was asleep in another room with Taraji’s siblings.

According to BSO, Augustin and the teen, who are also cousins, headed north in a Nissan Altima with Taraji. The baby was found safe and Augustin was later stopped on her way back from Orlando.

She was booked into jail Saturday night, where she remained Sunday with no bond. The teen is in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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