Memphis father charged with kidnapping his daughter

Payden Thompson and Pierre Cheer. Photos: MPD

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police have arrested a Memphis father who allegedly kidnapped his one-year-old daughter on Thursday.

The father, 24-year-old Pierre Cheer, was located in the 1000 block of North Claybrook around 10 p.m. Thursday evening.

By early Friday morning, he was booked on especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary charges.

Police said Cheer forced his way into a home in the 4000 block of Soapstone Drive around 1:30 p.m. Thursday and took 1-year-old Payden Thompson at gunpoint.

Cheer did not have permission to take the child, police said.

A second cousin of the baby's father, who was at the home when it happened, said Cheer kicked in the door to then house and then the door to the bathroom, pushed her 18-year-old daughter over and took baby Payden.

She said Cheer and the baby's mother had argued earlier in the day and said the mom had called her to warn her the dad was going to try to take the baby.

Police said he drove away with her in a blue four-door Mitsubishi Galant with temporary tags.

By 3:15 p.m., police said Payden was found unharmed.

According to police, an officer saw a car that fit the description near Union Avenue and Cleveland Street and followed it into a parking lot.

Police said a man came out holding the baby, and Cheer, who was still in the vehicle, put the car into reverse and hit the police cruiser. He also hit a parking pole before driving away from the scene, police said.

Police detained the other man, who has not been identified.

WREG discovered Cheer was charged with aiding and abetting prostitution/lewdness, pandering, possession of proceeds in violation of UCDSA and resisting arrest in Oklahoma City last year.

Aviation and K-9 units assisted officers in the search.