A mother at the center of an abduction and child abuse case in the District has been arrested on a warrant charging her with theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to police and court documents.
Mikisha Funderburk, 27, is being detained in the District, where she was arrested, pending extradition to Montgomery County.
(Photo provided by the Metropolitan Police Department) - Mikisha Funderburk
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D.C. police said the investigation into the alleged abduction on Aug. 8 from Children’s National Medical Center remains under investigation. As part of that case, police said they’re also investigating allegations of child abuse.
Maj. Michael English with the Rockville City Police Department said the charges against Funderburk are related to a car he said she used the same day her children disappeared from the hospital. She said it belonged to a friend of hers and was taken without his permission.
Police said a babysitter for Funderburk’s 5- and 10-year-old boys contacted the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency to report suspected abuse. A social worker took the children to the hospital to be evaluated and to meet with a D.C. police officer.
But hospital officials said Funderburk was waiting for them in the lobby of the Northwest Washington hospital, distracted the social worker and ran off with her children. Hospital officials said the social worker broke protocol by entering through a public entrance and that surveillance video shows her leaving the children alone with their mother.
Their disappearance sparked a hours long manhunt in the District, Virginia and Maryland, ending at an apartment in Rockville where police found the boys unharmed. Their mother wasn’t there. Police said she was arrested in the District on the Rockville warrant on Monday. A lawyer who represented her at her initial appearance did not return calls seeking comment.