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Cops: Fake Social Worker Killed Mom, Took Newborn

Baby found safe; suspect traced to hospital

(Newser) - The only known witness is just weeks old, and the only suspect is in a Texas hospital being treated for depression, but police know something horrible happened to a young mother in Gary, Ind. Police believe a woman claiming to be from the Department of Child Services lured 23-year-old Samantha... More »

Man Realizes He's Babysitting a Kidnap Victim

His sister is arrested in bizarre case in Washington state

(Newser) - Another strange kidnapping story is in the news, but the good part is that the 2-year-old at the center of it is safe and sound. Beyond that, things get weird—a man babysitting the boy called 911 to report his whereabouts after seeing an Amber Alert. The key developments:
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Girl Missing 11 Years Returns to US With Stepdad

Scott Kelley, Mary Nunes in US; he's in custody

(Newser) - A high-profile custody and kidnapping case is finally over after 11 years in the most fundamental ways: The girl at the center of the case—now a legal adult of age 19—has been found, and her stepfather has joined her mother as a captured fugitive. The latest development occurred... More »

Convict: Execution Is Better Than My Lawyers

Raghunandan Yandamuri killed baby, grandmother in botched kidnapping

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man sentenced to death in the killings of a baby girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors called a botched kidnapping plot says he is so dissatisfied with his attorneys he'd rather be executed now than continue seeking a new trial with them. Raghunandan Yandamuri, who had... More »

Man Uses Nail Clippers to Free Kidnap Victim

Dog walker in Toronto comes across bound woman pleading for help

(Newser) - It's not every kidnap story that ends with a mild-mannered dog walker freeing the victim with his trusty nail clippers, but such is the case in Toronto. Police say that Peter Hamilton was taking his yellow Lab for a walk on Sunday morning when he heard a woman's... More »

Charges Possible After 'Missing' Student Turns Up

There may also be restitution demanded for Sahray Barber's $30K-plus search

(Newser) - Sahray Barber, a California art student who turned up 10 days after she went missing , issued a statement through the San Bernardino Police Department begging forgiveness from her family and "the amazing men, women, dogs, and horses" who searched for her, calling her disappearance "incredibly dumb." But... More »

Lawyers: Weird Kidnapping Was Real, Horrific

And an email sent to the 'Chronicle' deepens the mystery

(Newser) - The strange kidnapping of Denise Huskins was a real—and horrific—crime, not a joke or the hoax police now say it is , according to lawyers for Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn. Quinn's lawyer tells NBC Bay Area that the reason his client took almost 12 hours to... More »

Cops: Bay Area Kidnapping Is Really a Hoax

Denise Huskins has vanished (again), hired lawyer

(Newser) - If you thought Denise Huskins' bizarre kidnapping was hard to believe, you were on to something. California police now say her disappearance from boyfriend Aaron Quinn's home in Vallejo on Monday was "an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping" and Huskins and Quinn may face charges. Officers first... More »

Reported Kidnap Victim Is Found Safe

It's still not clear what happened to Denise Huskins

(Newser) - The strange kidnapping case of Denise Huskins in California is over in the most important sense: The 29-year-old is safe and sound, reports the Los Angeles Times . Now police have to figure out what on earth happened. The saga began Monday afternoon when her boyfriend called police to report that... More »

Bay Area Woman Kidnapped for Ransom

Denise Huskins abducted from boyfriend's home

(Newser) - The details of Denise Huskins' kidnapping are sketchy, but scary: At some point between midnight and 5am Monday, boyfriend Aaron Quinn says he saw her being "forcibly taken against her will" from a Vallejo, Calif., home. He was given a ransom demand; it's not clear when or how... More »

Cops: Teen Kidnapped His Friend's Young Sister

But the 10-year-old is rescued in Missouri

(Newser) - Another story about an alleged teenage kidnapper is making headlines, and this one also ends with the rescue of the young victim. Police in O'Fallon, Missouri, say that 17-year-old John Classen kidnapped his friend's 10-year-old sister with plans to kill her, but cops stopped his car at a... More »

Small Town Stunned to Learn Kidnap Suspect Is Local Teen

Two teen rescuers are honored at their high school

(Newser) - The two teenagers who foiled a toddler's kidnapping in a small town were surprised to learn that they know the 15-year-old suspect who has been arrested. They didn't realize it at the time because the teen was wearing a disguise that one witness said included a fake mustache,... More »

Teen Arrested in Thwarted Washington Kidnapping

One of the siblings who saved toddler identified boy, 15

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the short-lived kidnapping of a 22-month-old toddler, an incident that was caught on surveillance video in the small Washington farming town of Sprague. The teenager, who lives in the town, was identified through the use of surveillance video, interviews, and evidence collection, Lincoln... More »

One Year Later, Still No Sign of Relisha Rudd

The man she was last seen with has since killed his wife and himself

(Newser) - It's been a year since 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was last seen on hotel surveillance video and reported missing, and while there has been a lot of peripheral drama surrounding the case, no clear steps have been made toward finding the girl. At the time, Relisha had been living in... More »

Girl Kidnapped in 1997 Found by Total Coincidence

South African teen's sister noticed resemblance when they met at school

(Newser) - On Cassidy Nurse's first day of school, classmates kept approaching her and saying, "There's a girl who looks just like you." The look-alikes met, felt an instant connection, and became friends, but it turns out the kinship had deeper origins: The girl was Cassidy's long-lost... More »

Lawyer: 'Sincere Love' Behind Hoax Kidnapping

Family was only trying to help 6-year-old, he says

(Newser) - The family that staged a terrifying hoax kidnapping to teach a 6-year-old boy to beware of strangers was doing so out of an "intense and sincere love for the child," a lawyer for two of the suspects says, though he admits that their judgment was "extremely poor.... More »

How to Propose: First, No Kidnapping

Romantic getaway doesn't go as planned for alleged kidnapper

(Newser) - Picture it: Your ex-boyfriend kidnaps you at BB-gun-point, handcuffs you, and drives you from Texas to a bed and breakfast in Kansas, where he plans to spend three weeks with you on a passionate getaway that ends with him convincing you to marry him. If that doesn't sound like... More »

Cops: Family Kidnaps Boy as Lesson About Strangers

6-year-old's own aunt, grandmother, and mom all reportedly in on horrific plot

(Newser) - On Monday, a 6-year-old Missouri boy went to hell and back: Police say he was kidnapped from his bus stop and put through a traumatic four-hour ordeal that was allegedly plotted by his aunt, a co-worker she recruited, the child's grandmother, and his own mom, Fox News reports. The... More »

HOV-Lane Stop Leads to Kidnapping Bust

Police say Luis Moreno rolled down window to prove car had 3 occupants

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're traveling in an SUV with two men you've allegedly kidnapped in the backseat, don't count them toward your HOV-lane total. A 26-year-old New Jersey man was arrested on Friday morning after a Port Authority officer saw what looked like an otherwise empty car... More »

Golfer: I Was Kidnapped, Beaten, and Robbed

Robert Allenby says bad guys may have drugged him first

(Newser) - An Australian pro golfer was allegedly kidnapped from a wine bar Friday night, beat up, robbed, and dumped six miles away in a park—for reasons that are none too clear, the Golf Channel reports. According to golfer Robert Allenby and his caddie, Mick Middlemo, the two were hanging out... More »

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