Crime & Courts

Charlotte woman found guilty of abducting baby

A 27-year-old Charlotte woman was sentenced to at least six years and three months in prison Friday after a jury found her guilty of abducting the baby of a woman she’d befriended.

Andrea Endara was found guilty of child abduction and second-degree kidnapping. She was found not guilty of assault on a child, and the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on an assault with a deadly weapon charge.

In May 2012, after spending months faking a pregnancy and attending a baby shower in her honor, Endara abducted the 1-month-old under the guise of helping the baby’s mother find a job, prosecutors said.

Endara drove the woman, who brought along her 4-year-old and 1-month-old, to an apartment complex in Charlotte. There, Endara took the children at knifepoint and went inside an apartment, prosecutors said.

She returned with the 4-year-old, leaving the baby inside, and drove the mother and the older child back to their home, authorities said. Police later found the baby unharmed.