Blytheville Police: Baby taken by noncustodial father is safe

Kenyatta Talley and Tyraji Johnson/Photos: Blytheville Police

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — A 1-year-old who was missing is now safe.

Police say Tyraji Johnson was taken by her noncustodial father this past weekend and returned Monday night.

The mother, 22-year-old Tynese Newmy, told police the child’s father’s sister, 18-year-old Blytheville resident Niambi Talley, asked her Saturday if she could watch the girl for a few hours. She said that wasn’t uncommon.

About four hours later, she said her mom called her to say Talley showed up wanting clothes so Tyraji could stay over for the night.

Newmy told her she couldn’t and said she would pick up her child when she got off work in a few hours.

The next day, she said she learned the father, 23-year-old Kenyatta Talley, who does not have custody of the child, had Tyraji with him and was going to South Carolina. She said Kenyatta Talley is from Anderson, South Carolina.

Newmy also said Niambi Talley was headed to Little Rock.

Family members of Kenyatta Talley brought the little girl to the Oconee County Sheriffs Office in South Carolina.

No arrests have been made yet.