Kidnapped woman gives birth, fiance killed after gunmen demand money from family
Atlanta, GA (WGCL) — A pregnant Decatur woman is being kept alive by a ventilator at Grady Memorial Hospital after she and her fiancé, Jeronta Brown, were kidnapped on Saturday. The couple was found later in northwest Atlanta. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene and the female was barely breathing.
“They (kidnappers) came here and they knocked on the door,” said Kawana Brown, Jeronta Brown’s mother.
Kawana Brown said two men with masks knocked on the door of their Decatur home and identified themselves as the FBI.
Jeronta Brown, his fiancé, his sister and the couple’s child arrived at the same time as the kidnappers.
“No, I don’t know who they (kidnappers) were. I don’t know anything about them,” said Kawana Brown.
Police said the kidnappers put the couple into handcuffs and took them away. Jaronta Brown’s sister was able to run away with the couple’s young daughter.
The kidnappers later demanded the family pay $150,000 in ransom money. The amount was later lowered to $10,000.
Later that day, police found the couple in northwest Atlanta. Jeronta Brown had been killed, and his fiancé was severely injured.
The fiancé was taken to a hospital where she gave birth to a baby prematurely.
The family said the woman has a slim chance of surviving and is now offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to conviction(s). If you have information which may assist investigators in this case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.
By Daniel Wilkerson