Two Wisconsin residents, a mother and her adult son, were arrested Thursday night at Colonial Manor Motel in Bryan on warrants out of their home state while they were transporting a baby sought by his own mother.
Around 1:57 a.m., Jebb B. Sparks, 25, and Gina L. Sparks, 51, both of Beloit, Wisconsin, were booked at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio after they were arrested by Bryan police at 11:06 p.m. Thursday.
Jebb was booked on four warrants charging him with: substantial battery with intent to cause bodily harm, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, false imprisonment and felony interfering with child custody, all out of Rock County, Wisconsin. Gina was also booked on a warrant alleging felony interfering with child custody, also out of Rock County, Wisconsin.
The infant, Jebb’s son, was turned over to the Williams County Department of Job & Family Services, which on Friday was in the process of reuniting the baby with his mother.
Jebb’s battery charge stems from an alleged domestic abuse situation on Wednesday between Jebb and the child’s mother, who has recently appeared on media outlets in her local area with substantial facial injuries, seeking community help in locating her child.
Jebb is alleged to have left with the 7-month-old infant shortly after the assault, leading to a multi-day search.
The City of Beloit Police Department shed some light on how the suspects were located in Bryan.
“What we have been told is that there’s a pastor in Bryan who had been working with Jebb that day, had been communicating with him trying to help out this person who he thought was homeless and had learned he was from Beloit,” said Beloit Police Department Director of Strategic Communications Sarah Millard. “He looked up information and saw posts related to the incident and contacted authorities in Ohio.”
Prior to that, Beloit authorities had taken several avenues, including alerting law enforcement across several Midwest states,
“We initially had thought (to activate an) Amber Alert, but it did not raise to that level because he had custody of the child,” said Millard. “We did everything we could short of an Amber Alert so we could take this individual and ensure the safety of the baby.”
According to Millard’s knowledge of the situation, Beloit police, with the help of Bryan police, were successful.
“The baby is absolutely fine,” she said Friday afternoon. “I know the mother was on her way to be reunited. I’m sure she’s thrilled. We especially appreciate authorities in Bryan, Ohio, and want to thank them for their help.”
Calls made to Bryan police seeking comment and more information were not returned by press time. Ohio State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.
Jebb and Gina Sparks were both taken to CCNO where they are awaiting extradition to Wisconsin. According to the jail’s website, both have also been charged with being a fugitive from justice, but its unclear if those have been filed in Wisconsin or Ohio.
Jebb previous faced battery charge in 2017, but it was dismissed.