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Cops: Dad Steals Baby Girl in Plastic Bag

Jason Bristol allegedly kidnaps his girl to keep her from CPS

(Newser) - A man who admits to being a meth addict kidnapped his newborn daughter from a hospital in a plastic bag—to get her out before officials could take her away, police say. Jason Bristol can be seen in a January surveillance video at the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale,... 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 »

Kids Taken by Boko Haram Have Forgotten Own Names

Aid official who visited Cameroon orphanage says children were indoctrinated

(Newser) - It was decidedly good news when a group of about 80 children was rescued from a Boko Haram camp in northern Cameroon in November—but the repercussions of their abduction remain painfully evident. An aid official who recently visited an orphanage that's helping the kids get reacclimated to a... More »

Wash. Kids Thwart Man From Swiping Toddler

Siblings, 2 teenage passersby give chase

(Newser) - A man who grabbed a 22-month-old boy Sunday from a stroller in Washington state probably didn't think he'd be foiled by the boy's young sister and two teenagers. Owen Wright was being watched by a babysitter at a park when he got snatched, and his 8-year-old sister... 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 »

Man Kidnapped 24 Years Ago Reunites With Father

He was 4 years old when abducted in China

(Newser) - Chinese state media this week covered the remarkable reunion between a father and the son who had been abducted 24 years earlier. Sun Bin was just 4 when kidnappers took him from a market in Sichuan province and sold him to a family in faraway Jiangsu province, reports CNN . His... More »

Cops: Grandma With Bum Knee Stopped Abduction

James Cavallaro allegedly tried to snatch toddler

(Newser) - The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the alleged assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit.... More »

Kidnapped Amish Girls Found 36 Miles From Home

Cops believe they were snatched from NY farm stand

(Newser) - Two Amish girls believed to have been abducted from their family's farm stand in northern New York state have been found alive a few dozen miles from where they were last seen. Delila Miller, 7, and her 12-year-old sister, Fannie, were dropped off in a town 36 miles from... More »

Jenise's Dad Looked Out for Teen Held in Her Murder

17-year-old will be tried as an adult for rape and murder

(Newser) - Not long after the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright was found in a 4-foot bog near her family's mobile home in Bremerton, Wash., DNA evidence on her clothing led investigators to 17-year-old family friend Gabriel Zebediah Gaeta. Jenise's father, James Wright, tells NBC News he'd mentored Gabriel:... More »

Boy Terrified of Dentist Invents Abduction Tale

French 12-year-old swears he was kidnapped on way to appointment

(Newser) - Say you love going to the dentist? Well neither does a boy in France who concocted an entire kidnapping story to avoid admitting that he had ducked a dental visit, The Local reports. Police found the 12-year-old during a patrol of the Alpine village St Gervais last month, asked what... More »

Girl's Suspected Kidnapper Found Dead in DC Park

No sign of missing 8-year-old after apparent suicide

(Newser) - Police searching a park in Washington, DC, for the body of an 8-year-old girl kidnapped a month ago have instead found the body of the suspected kidnapper. Khalil Tatum, 51, was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the 700-acre Kenilworth Park, reports the New ... More »

Witnesses Raced to Save Mo. Girl From Kidnapper

Middle school coach charged with Hailey Owens' murder

(Newser) - Springfield, Mo., has been shaken by the murder of a young girl who was kidnapped in broad daylight while walking just a block from her home. A couple who were in their garage at the time say a man in a pickup truck pulled up next to 10-year-old Hailey Owens... More »

Florida Executes Man for Boy's Horrific Murder

Slain boy's parents pushed for stronger predator laws

(Newser) - Would-be child abductors should think twice about killing their victims because "people will not forget, they will not forgive," said the father of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce after his son's killer was executed last night. "We will hunt you down and we will put you to death.... More »

Woman Finds Son Who Vanished 30 Years Ago

A phone from Border Patrol led Kathy Amaya to her missing son

(Newser) - For 30 years, Kathy Amaya has been looking for her son, David, who went missing as a child. For that same amount of time, David has believed that same mother discarded him. That misconception persists no longer. As NBC 7 reports, David was abducted as a child by his father,... More »

Cops: Girl, 8, Makes Fuss, Escapes From Abductor

Police seek man who took her from house

(Newser) - Police in Aurora, Colorado, say an 8-year-old girl may have saved herself by not going along quietly with a man who abducted her from her home, reports the Denver Post . The girl screamed and escaped on her own after an apparent stranger cut through a screen of her bedroom window... More »

Could Greece Mystery Girl Be Missing Missouri Child?

It's one of the leads being investigated

(Newser) - Earlier this month, KMOV reported on a case that was "growing cold": that of Lisa Irwin, a 10-month-old who vanished from her Kansas City home two years ago. Now, her parents are wondering if the mystery girl found in Greece could possibly be their baby. NBC News reports that... More »

Cops Release Photos of Alleged Roma Kidnappers

Couple formally charged and placed in detention

(Newser) - Greek police have released photos of the Roma couple they believe may have kidnapped a mysterious blonde four-year-old girl . The duo has been identified as 39-year-old Christos Salis and a 40-year-old woman who uses both the names Eleftheria Dimopoulou and Selini Sali, the AP reports. The couple have now been... More »

92 Abducted Kids Rescued in China

But some say it's just a drop in the ocean

(Newser) - Raids on a kidnapping operation in China has resulted in the rescue of 92 abducted children, a state-run media organization reports. The kids were rescued along with two women, while 300 gang members were arrested, reports the Xinhua news agency, per AFP . Kidnappers stole children in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces,... More »

Baby-Snatching Grandma, Boy Found After 13 Years

Woman faces felony in grandson's abduction

(Newser) - A teenage boy who was kidnapped as an infant has been reunited with his father thanks to a school official's suspicion. When Sandy Hatte, 60, tried to enroll the boy at a school in northern Missouri, the official contacted police and discovered the boy had been abducted 13 years... More »

Kidnapped Girl's Mom Linked to Suspect

They were once arrested together for drugs

(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... More »

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