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Mother arrested after child taken in Gallatin

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Grandmother with child Eric Goolsby Grandmother with child Eric Goolsby

A mother was arrested after investigators said she helped take her 2-month-old son from her grandmother's custody late Tuesday night.

The child, Eric Goolsby, was safely recovered Wednesday morning.

The boy's mother, Chasity Goolsby, 24, and the father, Eric Owens, 39, stole the child at 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

At about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Chasity Goolsby's father notified the Sumner County Sheriff's Department that his daughter was ready to turn herself in, according to Gallatin police.

Owens and Chasity Goolsby are charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference and being held in the Sumner County Jail.

Chasity Goolsby also faces charges of prostitution, theft of property and possession or exchange of controlled substances in Davidson County.

She recently lost parental rights of her son, and her mother, Angela Walker, had been granted temporary custody on Nov. 9.

Grandmother reunited with child

The reunion of the child and his grandmother was a moment Wednesday that Walker feared she would never have again.

"Words can't even describe it. Words can't even describe it," she said.

Walker's nightmare started when she left the infant with family members for a few hours Tuesday evening.

While she was away, Owens and Chasity Goolsby stopped by Walker's home in Gallatin.

"I had left the baby with my stepson and his girlfriend, and they couldn't stop him. They said he just loaded him up in a car and left," Walker said.

Owens voluntary returned the child to the TBI and was soon placed behind bars in Sumner County.

Back at home, Walker holds baby Eric close - thankful he's home safe.

"We're going to get in here and take good care of him. He won't be out of my sight again," she said.

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