Grandmother arraigned on felony charge in custody case

MARQUETTE – A grandmother who police said was involved in the kidnapping of her granddaughter was arraigned Monday.

Robin Gay Eggers, 58, was charged with children-unlawful retention by a parent, a felony, in 96th District Court in Marquette Monday. Eggers and her son Jesse Wiggin were court ordered to return the 3-year-old girl to her mother by 6 p.m. Dec. 29 but, when the child was not turned over, she was reported missing, said Forsyth Township Police Chief Tim Rector.

Warrants were issued on Jan. 2 for Eggers and Wiggin for kidnapping-custodial interference, a felony. Eggers was arrested Friday afternoon at the Michigan Department of Human Services in Escanaba by Delta County Sheriff’s deputies. She was then transported to Marquette County Jail. The child was found with Eggers in Escanaba.

According to Rector, the Escanaba DHS kept the child and was to make arrangements with her mother to get her.

Wiggin, 25, was arrested Friday morning by Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies at the courthouse when he arrived at the DHS for a hearing, Rector said. Wiggin was arraigned Friday, also on a felony charge of children-unlawful retention by a parent.

Both Eggers and Wiggin are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary examination on Jan. 18.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.