Cherie Amoore convicted of abducting baby from mall
NORRISTOWN - A woman who befriended a mother at the King of Prussia Mall and then abducted her baby last year was convicted Friday by a Montgomery County Judge.
Cherie Amoore, the daughter of Pennsylvania Republican Party Deputy Chairwoman Renee Amoore, was found guilty of kidnapping and concealing the whereabouts of a child by Common Pleas Court Judge William R. Carpenter.
The non-jury verdict is similar to a plea deal, but it cannot be rescinded, according to Kate Delano, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. That means that the defense agrees that the evidence presented is true and accurate.
Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood said she would be seeking a significant prison sentence. Carpenter is scheduled to sentence Amoore within 90 days, but it could take longer.
Kidnapping carries a sentence of between 10 and 20 years and a $20,000 fine. For concealment of a child, the penalty ranges from about four to seven years with a fine of $15,000.
Amoore a Tredyffrin Township was 32 when she was arrested last year for kidnapping the 7-month-old baby from the mall. When the mother became occupied with her other children, Amoore walked off with the child. Video surveillance caught her leaving the shopping center.
The child was found five hours later at Amoore’s apartment.
In an affidavit, Amoore said she took the child because she lost her own son and it felt good to hold a baby again. No evidence has surfaced that she had been pregnant.
“I just got up and walked away,” Amoore would later tell police, adding that when she arrived home she changed the baby’s clothes and put the clothes he was wearing into her car.
Amoore remains free on $50,000 bail.