Man arrested after Megan Everett kidnaps 2-year-old daughter, police say

Carlos Lesters III, 34, accused of helping Everett escape authorities


SUNRISE, Fla. – A second person has been arrested after a 2-year-old girl was kidnapped by her mother in Sunrise, police said.

Carlos Lesters III, 34, was arrested Friday on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and concealing a minor contrary to a court order.

According to detectives, the toddler's mother, Megan Everett, 23, kidnapped her daughter, Lilly, in May 2014 from the child's father's home during an ongoing custody battle.

FBI spokesman Jim Marshall said Everett was taken into custody without incident Monday morning in Palatka, about 30 miles southwest of St. Augustine.

Marshall said an anonymous tip led investigators to Everett after the abduction was featured Sunday on CNN's "The Hunt" with John Walsh.

"When I first heard that it's possible that they found her, I was shocked," Lilly's father, Robert Baumann, said Monday.

Baumann has since been reunited with his daughter.

Meanwhile, Everett is being held by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and is expected to be returned to Broward County.

Police said Lesters visited Everett and Lilly on multiple occasions and failed to report her whereabouts to police.

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