Woman Accused of Trying to Kidnap Joe Montana's 9-Month-Old Grandchild Remorseful, Attorney Says
Joe Montana recently experienced an attempted kidnapping of his grandchild by a woman who has pleaded not guilty in the case. The baby girl was almost taken from her house by the stranger over the weekend.
On Saturday, Joe Montana’s 9-month-old grandchild was almost kidnapped from his Malibu home. The former NFL player revealed to the sheriff’s deputies that the little girl was asleep in a playpen when the incident occurred.
A woman that Montana, 64, didn’t recognize entered the home and tried to take the child at around 5 p.m. The Hall of Fame quarterback and his wife, Jennifer, confronted the woman and fought to get the baby back.
STRANGER TRIES TO KIDNAP KID
A short struggle ensued with the star’s wife trying to pry the child away from the stranger. The woman managed to flee without the baby but Montana flagged down sheriff’s deputies who were on patrol in the area.
The kidnapper repeatedly told her attorney that she understood the harm she’d caused and was apologetic.
The woman was arrested nearby and luckily no one was harmed. On Tuesday, the woman named Sodsai Predpring Dalzell, 39, appeared in the Los Angeles County court where she was charged with attempted kidnapping.
Sodsai Predpring Dalzell was charged with felony counts of attempted kidnapping and burglary, according to a complaint filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors. https://t.co/9xbEOj5Bol— Tribune-ReviewSports (@TribSports) September 29, 2020
KIDNAPPER PLEADS INNOCENCE
Dalzell pleaded not guilty to the felony counts of attempted kidnapping of a child below 14 and burglary. Outside the courtroom, her lawyer, Ayinde Jones said:
“Miss Dalzell is extremely apologetic and is very well concerned about the well-being of the family.”
A Los Angeles woman pleaded not guilty to the attempted kidnapping of Joe Montana’s 9-month-old granddaughter.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) September 30, 2020
Sodsai Predpring Dalzell, 39, allegedly barged into the Pro Football Hall of Famer’s Malibu house and grabbed the baby, officials say.https://t.co/M6kDcB4Lfo
UNDERSTANDING THE HARM DONE
Jones shared that his client understood the harm she’d caused the Montana family, their friends, and fans. The attorney stated that their hearts went out to them.
Dalzell’s lawyer shared that he intended on presenting a credible defense for his client. He explained that the focus of it would be "on ensuring that Miss Dalzell gets the help that she may need."
Sodsai Predpring Dalzell's attorney says she is "extremely apologetic" and will ensure she "gets the help that she may need."https://t.co/1M9k0I7mvW— NBC 24 (@NBC24WNWO) October 1, 2020
WHY SHE TRIED TO KIDNAP
Jones said his client had no hindsight or clue why she tried kidnapping the child. The kidnapper repeatedly told her attorney that she understood the harm she’d caused and was apologetic.
The lawyer said he could imagine the pain the incident caused for the Montanas as he was also a parent. The accused had her bail set to $200,000 and will return to court on October 20, 2020.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out. Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well. We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time.— Joseph Montana (@JoeMontana) September 27, 2020
IF SHE’S FOUND GUILTY
If she’s found guilty, Dalzell could spend eight years in prison but she has no previous criminal record. The sheriff's Malibu or Lost Hills station has asked that anyone with information regarding the attempted kidnapping to please call them at 818-878-1808.
This isn’t the first time the Montanas have had to deal with kidnappings. On November 19, 1988, Michaela Joy Garecht was abducted from a supermarket parking lot near her home in Hayward and the famous family pleaded with the kidnappers on her behalf to bring her back safely.