Intruder who tried to steal sleeping baby held with no bond

Megan Jones arrested on Monday

LAKELAND, Fla. - The woman accused of breaking into a family's home and trying to kidnap their baby, is being held in jail with no bond.

A judge made the ruling Wednesday, during Megan Jones' first court appearance. Meanwhile, the Lakeland family that was victimized is still living with a lot of fear.

"It's just really creepy," said Jennie Meyers, who has two daughters, Jayden, 8, and Jordyn, 16 months. She's expecting her third child this summer.

She describes the encounter this weekend as living through her worst nightmare.

Early Saturday morning, while her family slept, Meyers awoke to screams coming from her oldest daughter, Jayden.

She heard it through the baby monitor used for her youngest, Jordyn.

"She was very, very loud," she said. "I've never heard her scream like that in my life. She was just very angry and her voice was shaky."

Jayden was yelling at an intruder, that detectives later identified as Jones -- a total stranger to the Meyers family, with an extensive criminal record.

The sheriff's office says Jones broke in through the front window and went right for Jordyn's crib and picked her up, despite her sister's demands to stop.

Their father went running in.

"Next thing I know he's pulling some lady out of there. I'm standing there like in shock, and all I hear her saying is 'it's not what it looks like!'" She said.

Jennie's husband, Dennis, grabbed Jones by the hair and neck and strew her out of the house, and tried chasing her.

He later said he decided not to use deadly force because his wife and kids would have witnessed a horrifying event.

"Well, what are you supposed to think when somebody is over your baby in the middle of the night after breaking into your house," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

He said Jones was drunk and high and isn't sure why she was at the house.

With the help of DNA evidence transferred to little Jordyn, detectives tracked Jones and arrested her Monday at a house a few blocks away.

"I haven't really let her out of my sight since. Both girls are sleeping with me now," Jennie said.

Even with a brand new home surveillance system installed on Monday, it will take some time for the entire family to get a full night's sleep.

It was a terrifying encounter they will never forget.

"They potentially saved a child from being kidnapped," Judd said.

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