Raymond Lyons, Jr. and Erika Barksdale

Raymond Lyons, Jr. (left) was found safe. His non-custodial mother, Erika Barksdale (right), is facing charges in his kidnapping.

LEBANON, TN (WSMV) - A four-month-old taken by his non-custodial mother has been found safe in Nashville.

The TBI said Raymond Lyons, Jr. was found safe in Nashville. Erika Barksdale, 29, is in custody of law enforcement.

Arrest affidavits say Barksdale, Lyons, Jr's non-custodial mother, went to Barbara Lyons' home to supervise Raymond. After Raymond's father went to work, Barksdale and Barbara got into an argument. 

Barbara Lyons heard noises and then found Barksdale throwing items around the home, damaging windows, furniture and other property. 

When Barbara confronted Barksdale, Barksdale approached her in a threatening manner, causing Barbara to grab a knife and cut Barksdale. 

Barksdale then grabbed Raymond and left the home. Barbara then ran outside after Barksdale where Barksdale hit her with a broom handle and knocked her to the ground. Barksdale then punched and kicked her while she was on the ground. She then grabbed Raymond and left the area. 

Raymond has black hair and brown eyes. He is 18 inches tall and weighs 17 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey onesie with a zipper in the front.

Barksdale has brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5’5” and weighs 165 pounds. She was wanted for kidnapping and aggravated assault by Lebanon Police in relation to the incident.


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