A 20-year-old woman was held captive with her 11-month-old son by the child's father and grandmother for five days at houses in Rockville Centre and Hempstead, where she was starved, drugged and beaten, leaving her with "two black eyes that were swollen shut," authorities said Tuesday.
The victim, the former girlfriend of Malachi Blaylock, 20, of 11 Old Mill Ct., had a protection order against him but was lured to the home July 20 by the man's mother, Yolanda V. Gilreath, 51, of the same address, through a text message, Nassau police said.
During the kidnapping, according to court papers, Blaylock placed a handgun "wrapped in a white T-shirt, against the head of the victim and threatened to shoot her." The victim and her baby, who was not injured, finally escaped after being left alone in the Hempstead residence.
Blaylock and Gilreath pleaded not guilty in First District Court in Hempstead to kidnapping and other charges.
Nassau Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Eisman said the victim was "starved, drugged and beaten with an electrical cord and choked" and had "two black eyes that were swollen shut."
Nassau police spokesman Insp. Kenneth Lack said of the victim's ordeal: "It was a horrible experience. She was beaten repeatedly throughout the five days. She had injuries all over her body, contusions and lacerations. . . . She was stabbed in the hand with scissors."
The motive, Lack said, was "twofold": "The grandmother and the father wanted to see the baby and the fact that the father was jealous of the victim having a possible other relationship."
Blaylock is charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault and counts of second-degree strangulation, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree and second-degree criminal contempt, third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. Gilreath is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree hindering prosecution, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Nassau County District Court Judge Frank Doddato set Blaylock's bail at $1.5 million bond and Gilreath's bail at $200,000 bond.
Blaylock's attorney, Oscar Holt III of Mineola, told the court the victim could come and go as she pleased: "This is a false story." Holt said the victim was not supposed to have the child around Blaylock, who he said previously worked for Hempstead's sanitation department, so "to cover herself, what she said was, 'Oh, I've been kidnapped.' "
Gilreath's attorney, Stacy Eves of Rockville Centre, told the court her client is a mother of six, has a "potential alibi" and no criminal history.
Gilreath told reporters outside police headquarters in Mineola Tuesday: "She wasn't kidnapped! She was not kidnapped! She was walking through the village of Hempstead."
On July 22, Gilreath was "alarmed" by the victim's condition and contacted her daughter, Lack said.
According to court papers, Gilreath's daughter, Monique Blaylock, 27, tried to call 911 but Malachi Blaylock punched her in the jaw, slammed her to the ground, "stomped" on her and told her he was going to "blow her damn head off."
He then forced the victim and the baby into a gold Honda Accord driven by Gilreath, who drove them to 80 Van Cott Ave. in Hempstead.
Lack said of Gilreath: "The grandmother was an evil woman. She was part and parcel of all of this. She was an accomplice."
On Friday about 10 p.m., the victim, who was left alone with the baby and her Samsung tablet computer, then escaped and contacted her mother to pick her up. The victim went to Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn for treatment Saturday and reported the kidnapping to Rockville Centre police Sunday, officials said.
Monique Blaylock said Tuesday the allegations are "all made up."
She said her mother, who family members said worked in home health care, never texted the victim to lure her and "never aided and abetted" in the kidnapping.
"My mother would never tell her to bring the baby over there knowing that there is a full stay-away order," Monique Blaylock said. "She brought that baby over there because she wanted to be around Malachi."