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Polk deputies: Bloody-handed baby snatcher Megan Jones arrested

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LAKELAND, Fla. (WTSP) -- Detectives say a baby snatcher is off the streets after an 8-year-old Lakeland girl woke up to see a woman standing over her baby sister's crib.

Jayden Meyer's mother says the woman's hands were bloody from breaking into their home, and she left bloody prints on the baby's clothing.

Jennie says while fighting back tears, "'She had blood all over her clothes from the lady touching her."

The pregnant mother of two says it's hard to even talk about. Early Saturday, morning as her family slept, Polk County Sheriff's deputies say one of Jennie's neighbors, 31-year-old Megan Michelle Jones, broke into the family's Cherry Lane Estates Home through their front living room window and crawled to baby Jordan's room.

Jennie says, "They passed a large screened TV, electronics, and other things."

But Jones couldn't pass by 8-year-old Jayden. While her parents, were fast asleep, Jayden says from her room she could see a strange woman in her baby sister's room leaning into her crib.

"I screamed," Jayden says.

Jennie says, "I've never heard her scream like that in my life and I don't ever want to hear it again."

Jennie's husband, Dennis, sprang into action while she called 911. They say Jones claimed, "It's not what you think." She told them  someone was going to kill her if they threw her out.

Jennie Meyers says, "My husband dragged her out by her neck."

Jayden says the woman in her sister's room wasn't alone. She says there was a white man with brown hair with her.

The ordeal has left the Meyers family shaken, especially at bedtime.

Jayden says, "I slept with my mom. My dad slept in the living room with a bat."

Dennis had an alarm system and security cameras installed at their home. He plans to get his concealed weapons permit next, just in case something like this ever happens again.

Dennis says, "I wouldn't hesitate for a second. I'd shoot them."

His neighbors feel the same way, especially those with children. Richard Sims says, "They wouldn't be calling the police. They wouldn't need to. They'd be calling an ambulance."

Meanwhile, Megan Jones is in jail charged with kidnapping and burglary. Investigators say she matches the description of a person said to be involved in a different burglary the same day. 

Jones was already in trouble with the law when she was arrested. She was out on a work release program after being charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says she's been in the Polk County Jail on eight other occasions for drug charges, reckless driving, and several counts of burglary.

Detectives say if you know the other person involved in the attempted kidnapping case, you could receive a cash reward and you don't have to reveal your identity. Call Detective Alisha Hensley at 863-287-7796 or call Heartland Crime Stoppers 1-800-226-TIPS.   

Tammie Fields, WTSP

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