DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Elizabeth Grisby is breathing a sigh of relief after authorities found her missing one-year-old daughter, Royalty Grisby. “I have never felt so much support in my life. I’m so glad that my baby is home,” Grisby said.
DeKalb County police say Malachi Richardson, 14, stole Grisby’s truck early Thursday morning around 2 a.m., as she was making a Door Dash delivery. The baby was asleep inside the truck. “I was just thinking I was doing a normal delivery, and next thing I knew, I seen my truck going down the street,” said Grisby.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
Authorities found the truck and later arrested Richardson. “His mother provided the location as to where he could be located, and so at that time, we went to that location to bring him into custody,” said DeKalb County Police Chief Mirtha Ramos. However, Royalty was still missing, until someone dropped her off on a porch. “I was in a bad place, but then when they said they had found her, I was ecstatic,” Grisby said.
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Multiple agencies, including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and K-9 units helped with the search. “I’m proud of Chief Ramos, I’m proud of the DeKalb County Police Department, but I’m also proud of our citizens,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, who also credited media outlets for alerting the public about the missing child.
Grisby, who lost her job last year during the pandemic, reflected on the challenges of providing for a family. “My unemployment ran out, so now I’m just trying to make money where I can still stay at home and not send her to day care because of COVID,” she said. “I’m not trying to put myself in a predicament where I’m homeless or anything like that, so I just have to do what I have to do to make sure I have money coming in.”
She also reflected on the 14-year-old suspect. “What is going on that you’re out at 2 a.m. stealing cars? And then you had a whole plan,” she said, referring to Richardson and what police said may have been a staged food delivery call. “I hope that he gets the help that he needs.” She shared a message for other delivery drivers. “Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. Obviously, lock your door,” said Grisby.MORE NEWS: 'Beyond Reckless': Atlanta Attorneys Plan To Sue Arrive Perimeter Apts. After Explosion
Officers are still investigating to determine who dropped Royalty off. Richardson is in custody at the DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center and will be charged as an adult with kidnapping and theft of a vehicle.