Kidnapped Girl's Mom Linked to Suspect
They were once arrested together for drugs
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 19, 2013 2:04 AM CDT
Updated Sep 19, 2013 6:00 AM CDT
This photo provided by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows an undated photo of Ayvani Hope Perez.   (AP Photo/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

(Newser) – Authorities are still keeping quiet about just how they managed to find a kidnapped girl "at a residence" in Conyers, Ga.; they're calling it "hardcore police work," WSB-TV notes. In the meantime, however, new information is emerging about the circumstances of the kidnapping. One of the suspects had previously been arrested along with victim Ayvani Hope Perez's mother, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez—called as Contreras-Rodriguez in the kidnapping arrest—was nabbed in a 2012 drug trafficking case involving the seizure of 500 pounds of marijuana; Perez's mom, Maria Corral, and several others were also busted.

Corral's charge was quickly dropped; in January, charges against Contreras-Ramirez were, as well, following a home search deemed unconstitutional. As for Corral, "I think she just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," says Contreras-Ramirez's lawyer in the drug case. She was "talking in the driveway" with Contreras-Ramirez when the arrests occurred. As for Perez, "she looked tired, but not shaken up" upon arriving home, says a neighbor. "She was smiling. A look of relief was all over her."

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fractal
Sep 19, 2013 3:14 PM CDT
A lot of kidnappings have a link between the criminal and victim. This is nothing new. Lets not forget here that the mother did nothing wrong, so far as we know. Guilt by association would have most of us in prison.
DougMasters
Sep 19, 2013 7:22 AM CDT
""hardcore police work,"" They essentially went door to door dressed as girl scouts pretending to sell cookies.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1LUnPTlpbQ
rickydarlin
Sep 19, 2013 7:15 AM CDT
the mom owed the drug dealers money,they took her kid