INDIANAPOLIS (USA TODAY) -- The mother of a 1-month old baby boy believed to have been abducted Wednesday made a tearful plea for the return of her son.
"Please bring my baby," sobbed Taniasha Perkins, 22. "He is my one and only son, my first-born."
She struggles to comprehend why anyone would take her son, she added, standing with relatives near her home in the 500 block of Chase Street.
"Why can't you just drop him off somewhere safe," she asked Thursday morning, "so I can see him healthy again?"
The boy, Delano Wilson, was wearing a dark blue one-piece outfit when abducted by a man and a woman, according to the child's father, Willie Wilson. The child is considered to be in extreme danger, according to Indianapolis police.
The child's abductors robbed Willie Wilson at gunpoint, Wilson told police, before taking the child from him. The suspects also struck Willie Wilson in the face, relatives said.
An Amber Alert issued by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says Delano, with black hair and brown eyes, about 16 inches long and weighing about 12 pounds, was last seen about noon in the 1400 block of Henry Street.
Family members criticized police for waiting hours, they said, from when the child's abduction was reported before issuing an Amber Alert.
"We just want to know why," said Alisha Perkins, a relative. "Why did it take so long?"
On Wednesday night, the baby's father was arrested on a possession of marijuana charge, said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams. Police consider the drug arrest unrelated to the missing-child case, he said.
Police report Delano was abducted by two unknown people, a man and a woman. The man is described as white, 25 to 30 years old, 5-feet-6-inches to 5-feet-9-inches tall, with brown hair and wearing a black "do-rag," red T-shirt, blue jeans and red, black and blue tennis shoes.
The woman who was with him is described as Hispanic, also 24 to 30 years old, thin with long brown hair and wearing a green shirt and matching green hoop earrings.
They were last seen driving an older model but clean-looking blue 2000-2003 four-door Ford Taurus, according to the Amber Alert broadcast over police radio frequencies.
In addition, the broadcast said the man was believed to be armed with a black .380 caliber handgun.
A neighbor said she saw a car matching the description of the Taurus pull out of an alley and drive away around noon Wednesday. Moments later, she said, she saw Wilson stagger out of the same alley and collapse.
"Then all the cop cars showed up," said Christine Richey.
Taniasha Perkins said she had just started working a new job to help support her son. She directed remarks toward whomever might have taken Delano.
"We work really hard to provide for our child," she said. "For you to take him away is just tearing a hole in my family and in my heart."