Charges dismissed in custody case

ISHPEMING – The case against a grandmother who police said was involved in the kidnapping of a little girl was dropped.

Robin Eggers, 58, was charged in the 96th District Court in Marquette with the unlawful retention of a child by a parent, a felony, but all charges were dismissed on March 7.

Eggers’s preliminary examination was scheduled for Jan. 18, and she was bound over to circuit court. On Jan. 28, the case was sent back to district court.

Eggers and her son Jesse Wiggin, 25, both faced the same felony unlawful retention charges. The case against Wiggin was dismissed on Jan. 18. Eggers was given a no-contact order for the girl and her mother.

The cases stemmed from an incident late last year. Eggers and Wiggin had been ordered by the court to return Wiggin’s 3-year-old daughter to her mother on Dec. 29 by 6 p.m., but when the child was not turned over she was reported missing.

Warrants were issued on Jan. 2 for Eggers and Wiggin for kidnapping – custodial interference, a felony. Wiggin was arrested Jan. 4 by Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies at the courthouse when he showed up at the Department of Human Services for a hearing, said Forsyth Township Police Chief Tim Rector.

Eggers was arrested later that day at the DHS in Escanaba by Delta County Sheriff’s deputies, Rector said. She was then transported to Marquette County Jail. The child was found with Eggers in Escanaba.

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