Manchester woman kidnapped son from Plainville day care, police say

Published on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 21:00


PLAINVILLE - A Manchester woman was arrested Friday and charged with kidnapping her son and trying to take him to California.

She had no parental rights with regard to the boy, police said.

Crystal Griffin, 25, was arrested at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks after taking the 7-year-old from the Plainville Early Learning Center, on South Canal Street, at about 5 p.m., according to the police report. She was found in a garage at the airport, police said.

The child was not harmed, according to police.

Griffin faces charges of second-degree kidnapping, risk of injury to a minor and custodial interference.

According to the report, Griffin is allowed a supervised visitation period one day a week, with a Department of Children and Families representative present. Police said she showed up at the day care on Friday and was given the child. An employee told officers it was assumed that a DCF representative was with Griffin.

After police were notified of the abduction, they received information from someone who said Griffin had been recently seen searching for Bradley Airport on the internet. Shortly thereafter, police at the airport reported finding Griffin in her car with the boy.

Plainville police responded to take her into custody, at which time she allegedly told them she planned to take her son to Los Angeles so she could audition for the TV show “Love and Hip Hop,” the report said.

She then planned to head to Georgia to “audition at Tyler Perry’s acting studio,” the report continued.

Griffin also told police she had been granted parental rights over the boy days earlier, according to the report. Police said they verified with DCF that she had not.

According to the report, Griffin was arrested in September and charged with second-degree burglary and other offenses after trying to break into the home where her son lives with his guardian.

In that case, police noted in the report, she told officers she was trying to take her son and flee to New York, where they would “start a new life.”

“This was very concerning,” state prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley said at Griffin’s arraignment Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court.

Griffin, who is eight months pregnant, is being held on $250,000 bond.

She was ordered at the hearing to stay 100 yards away from her son and not contact him while the case is pending. She was also ordered to stay away from the Plainville Early Learning Center.

Griffin did not enter a plea Tuesday. She is due back in court on Oct. 31.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 21:00. Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2018 21:03.