Burlington, VT – A Shelburne woman accused of trying to kidnap a small child from a Green Mountain Transit Bus appeared in court Tuesday morning. She pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping.

Moyium Willomon, 26., was arrested Monday by Burlington police.

Investigators say that at about 4;30 p.m. February 21, a mother and her small child got onto the bus and sat in the back. Willomon sat down across from them and allegedly grabbed the child from the mother, walked to the front of the bus and sat down.

Police say the mother ran after Willomon, yelled for her child back and for someone to call the police. The mother was able to free the child from Willomon with the help of other people on the bus, police said.

According to court documents, Willomon told police the child was hers, but witnesses say she did not get on the bus with the child. Police believed Willomon may have been having a mental health issue and took her to UVM Medical Center for evaluation. The hospital determined Willomon will be held long term involuntarily.

After her arrest Monday, she was jailed at Chittenden County Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail. She has no criminal history in Vermont.