Atlanta cops: Woman escapes kidnappers, prostitution plot

Atlanta police are searching for two men who a woman said abducted her and her child this week and tried to force her into prostitution before she escaped.

At a news conference Thursday, police said the woman, who was not identified, said she was pushing a stroller on Cheshire-Bridge Road on Tuesday evening when two men in a car stopped and forced her and her 11-month-old into the vehicle.

The kidnapped woman, who was from out of town, said she did not know her abductors, police said.

They took the woman to her hotel room at a Hampton Inn in Buckhead to get some of her possessions, Lt. Jeffery Hensal said. The abductors then took her to an apartment in northeast Atlanta.

The men left the child at the apartment with another woman, then took the mother to downtown Atlanta, gave her a cellphone and ordered her to prostitute herself, Hensal said the woman told police.

“She alleges she was being forced against her will,” Hensal said. “It appears it might be for some escort service.”

The woman told police she fled to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she called 911, Hensal said.

Police were able to find the apartment where the child was left and arrested the woman with the baby. Kirstie Garth, 19, was charged with interference with custody, Hensal said.