Pennsylvania woman brought to McHenry County Jail on child abduction charge

Police say the 20-year-old lured a Woodstock 15-year-old from his home and traveled with him across state lines

A 20-year-old Pennsylvania woman arrived at the McHenry County Jail Tuesday, five months after police say she lured a Woodstock teen from his home and traveling with him across state lines.

Woodstock police issued a warrant in August for the arrest of Lilandra L. Redman on a felony child abduction charge after officers located a missing 15-year-old at the woman’s Pennsylvania home, records show.

Redman, of the 2900 block of Versailles Avenue, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, met the boy in an online chatroom years earlier, police have said. The pair talked on social media and a disposable phone that Redman provided the boy via another student, according to a news release the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Sheriff’s Office issued in September.

Police allege Redman took an Uber on Aug. 2 to the boy’s Woodstock home. Before he left, the teenager wrote his parents a note claiming that he traveled to New York City with a woman named Jessica. He then reset his phone and left it behind in Illinois, police have said. Together, Redman and the boy boarded a plane and flew to Pennsylvania, according to the release.

The victim’s parents reported him missing that same day. Officers found the teenager alone Aug. 3 at Redman’s home and reunited the boy with his family. The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office took Redman into custody Sept. 16 to await extradition to Illinois.

Attempts to reach the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

If convicted, Redman could be sentenced to between one and three years in prison.

During a brief hearing Wednesday morning, a McHenry County Judge set Redman’s bond at $20,000 and appointed her an attorney from the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office.

Redman is expected back in court Friday morning for a bond hearing.

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.