A 34-year-old Bremerton woman who sparked Monday’s Amber Alert after allegedly kidnapping her 6-year-old son from her mother’s house was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail at her first court appearance on Tuesday, according to King County prosecutors.
A judge found probable cause to hold Sandra June Bennatts on investigation of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, auto theft and residential burglary, with each count carrying a domestic-violence designation, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Bennatts’ son was found unharmed and returned to his grandmother’s care after the SUV Bennatts was driving ran out of gas 2 near Stevens Pass.
According to the statement of probable cause outlining the police case, Bennatts’ mother was granted custody of the 6-year-old boy due to Bennatts’ “deteriorating mental health and neglect” of her son.
Around 8 p.m. Sunday, Bennatts is accused of breaking into her mother’s house outside of Auburn and assaulting her when she arrived home with the boy, the statement says. Bennatts then took her mother to a storage room, hogtied and blindfolded her and used rope, wire and tape to secure the storage-room doors, the statement says.
She then fled with her son, stealing her mother’s cell phone and SUV, according to the statement.
Ten hours after being tied up, Bennatts’ mother was able to free herself around 6 a.m. Monday and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911 and report the abduction, the statement says.
An Amber Alert was issued and a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy spotted the SUV on Highway 2 and tried to pull it over. The deputy terminated the stop when Bennatts sped off at more than 95 mph in a 60 mph zone, the statement says.
Bennatts drove east in the westbound lanes of Highway 2, near milepost 60, where she ran out of gas and was taken into custody by Chelan County sheriff’s deputies, according to the statement.
Her son was found inside the vehicle.