Reward money totaling $16,600 will be shared by a D.C. firefighter and an anonymous tipster, each of whom provided information that enabled police to recover a baby kidnaped from Prince George's Hospital Center.
The board of directors of the Prince George's County Crime Solvers program voted to distribute the money but is not saying what portions will go to firefighter Donald Derner and to the person who called police requesting anonymity.
Derner called police Oct. 11 after reading a story in The Washington Post Magazine about the abduction of Jeremiah Thate, who was 3 weeks old when he was taken from the hospital in June. Derner said that in answering a fire call, he had seen a baby he thought might be Jeremiah with two women in a rundown apartment in Anacostia. The anonymous tipster's call came a week later, and the baby was found by investigators and returned to his parents Oct. 28.
Derner is to receive his part of the reward tonight at the annual Prince George's Crime Solvers dinner at the Andrews Air Force Base Officers' Club. The other tipster, who wants to maintain anonymity, will not attend, according to Officer Carol Landrum, who coodinates the crime solvers program.