Mom says man accused of abducting toddler son left cryptic note

Marvie Gardner

CBS Detroit

DETROIT -- The mother of a missing Detroit toddler says the man she believes abducted the child left behind a cryptic note, reports CBS Detroit.


Michael Greyson

CBS Detroit

An Amber Alert has been issued for three-year-old Marvie Gardner, who was last seen by his mother early Thursday morning at his Detroit home. The mother, Latoya Spears, told the station the boy was taken by the father of her friend’s daughter, who visited her home Wednesday night.

Spears said her friend came over with the young daughter Wednesday night. The girl’s father then also came over, Spears said, and her friend got into an argument with the man. The friend and the daughter left, but the man stayed, asked to use her phone and then fell asleep there, Spears said.

Spears told the station she fell asleep around 2 a.m. Thursday, and when she woke around 5:30 a.m., her basement door was open and the man and her son were missing.

Spears told the station she searched the home before contacting authorities.

“I came downstairs, I checked the whole house,” she said. “I went to the basement, checked the basement, but once I opened up the side door to the basement, this side door was open and one of the knives out the kitchen is missing.”

Spears said the man left behind a note saying that when he gets his daughter back, Spears would get her son back. Spears said she didn’t know the man, but police later identified him as Michael Lee Greyson.

Greyson, 19, is described as a black male with a dark complexion, five feet, three inches tall and 160 pounds. Police say he may be driving a 1998 purple Plymouth Voyager with Michigan license plate CMB-3125.

Marvie Gardner is described as a black male with a medium complexion, about two feet tall and weighing 30 pounds, with  his hair in braids. He was last seen wearing an orange and gray tee-shirt and diapers.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or contact police at 313-596-5800.