20-Year-Old Mother Arrested, Booked Into Okla. Co. Jail After OKC Assault, Amber Alert


Thursday, September 2nd 2021, 5:17 pm
By: Jennifer Pierce


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A local Amber Alert had a safe ending on Thursday after police found a missing 3-month-old baby and her mother.

The notification went out after police said Midaysia Highwalker, 20, took the baby and allegedly threatened to kill the child and herself.

Highwalker could face several criminal charges that led to the Amber Alert.

Police found Highwalker and the baby Thursday morning at a home in Midwest City.

Oklahoma City police were called around 3 a.m. to an apartment complex near southwest 44th and Santa Fe. Neighbors heard Highwalker and her boyfriend fighting.

“We hear them argue all the time,” said Matthew Seal, a witness. “Yeah, mainly over dumb, stupid stuff nothing physical like this.”

According to an arrest warrant, Tristan Rivera called his mother to pick up his daughter Leyla Rivera because Highwalker was allegedly smoking marijuana around the baby.

When the grandmother got to the couple's apartment, she asked Highwalker if she could take the baby. That was when police said Highwalker turned violent. She allegedly grabbed the baby away from the father by the head.

Police said she also hit Rivera in the back of his head with a carjack.

“He had bandages on the back of his head,” said Seal. 

Rivera was taken to the hospital, and police said Highwalker took off with the baby.

“But before leaving, (she) threatened to do harm to herself and the child,” said Master Sgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “Then (she) fled with the baby.”

A neighbor saw Highwalker get in a car with several other people and leave the complex.

“And we didn’t know what happened after that,” said Seal.  

Police issued an Amber Alert due the potentially dangerous situation. The baby and mother were missing for nearly seven hours.

“Numerous officers were out scouring the streets trying to find where this child was,” said Knight. “They were following up on leads and any tips they got and got information that led them to a residence in Midwest City.”

Both were found alive and safe. Neighbors were relieved to hear the baby was not harmed.

“Baby doesn’t need to go through stuff like that,” said Seal. 

Police said Highwalker also threatened to kill her boyfriend and his mother.

She was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on multiple criminal complaints.