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Man who dropped baby while eluding police, caught

By Maria-Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

The Fugitive/Investigation Unit of the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, and U.S. Marshals, have captured fugitive Monte Shawn McCollum.

The 29-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, at the Magnolia Inn, at 7419 Davidson Circle West, in Stockbridge, said Sgt. Sonja Sanchez, public information officer for the Clayton County Sheriff's Office.

She said he is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

McCollum was wanted for kidnapping, family violence, robbery by snatching, theft by taking, obstruction, cruelty to children and contributing to the delinquency and deprivation of a minor, said Sanchez.

On March 6, McCollum allegedly took his 4-month-old son, and refused to return him to the mother, said Sanchez. As a result of his alleged actions, McCollum was charged with kidnapping, family violence and robbery by snatching, theft by taking, obstruction, cruelty to children and contributing to delinquency and deprivation of a minor.

In a later, separate incident, on April 30, McCollum was confronted by uniformed officers, and fled on foot, after he allegedly threw his infant son on the ground, and ran, Sanchez said.

"The child was thrown with such force, he bounced on the ground, and slid to a stop," Sanchez said, citing a police report on the incident. She said the extent of the infant's injuries are unknown.

Sanchez said it took several weeks to find McCollum, but the Sheriff's Office went through all of its leads, and was persistent.