Police arrested Samantha Ann House-Baser in the kidnapping of 16-month-old Aiden Chase Mullin, who was taken from the Open Arms Learning Center on Monday morning. Mountain Home Police Department Criminal Investigator Nevin Barnes said officers arrested House-Baser after getting a tip from a man who saw her with the young boy.

An 18-year-old Norfork woman arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a Mountain Home toddler may have taken the boy as a means to start a relationship with an old boyfriend, an investigator said.
Police arrested Samantha Ann House-Baser in the kidnapping of 16-month-old Aiden Chase Mullin, who was taken from the Open Arms Learning Center on Monday morning. Mountain Home Police Department Criminal Investigator Nevin Barnes said officers arrested House-Baser after getting a tip from a man who saw her with the young boy.
After taking Aiden, House-Baser called a former boyfriend and told him she had his baby, according to Barnes. The detective said getting the former boyfriend's attention might be part of the motive for the abduction.
"I think she's got a troubled past and I think all that just came into play," Barnes told Mountain Home radio station KTLO. "I think she was trying to possibly get an old boyfriend back."
The boy's parents didn't know their son had been abducted until his mother went to Open Arms Learning Center to pick him up Monday afternoon. A woman, who told employees of the facility she was a family member, had taken the boy around 11:30 a.m. on the pretense of a family emergency.
Barnes says they don't know why Aiden was targeted by the suspect. He says police can find no relationship between her and the Mullin family.
"The family's never heard of her," Barnes said. "So it's just been — it's strange. It really is strange."
The Mullins say they are thankful to everyone who helped and prayed for the safe return of their child. Jayme and Heather Mullin, 28, of Mountain Home said Tuesday that, if it were not for the help of the community, their son, Aiden, would not be home.
"We're very relieved he is home and safe," Heather Mullin said in a Tuesday news conference. "We have a lot of people to thank — the police department and friends. It's amazing how everyone came together and helped us."
Learning Center owner Shannon Key, wife of state Rep. Johnny Key, R-Mountain Home, says House-Baser lied to employees about showing her driver's license when taking Aiden. Key says the center will install security cameras and a keyless entry system to protect the children there.
House-Baser was being held Tuesday afternoon at the Baxter County jail on $500,000 bond.