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Murdered Woman's 3 Missing Kids Found at NM Motel

2 suspects—including slain California woman's sister—still on the run

(Newser) - A huge sigh of relief in a troubling case came Wednesday as authorities found the three missing kids of a murdered woman in a New Mexico motel, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kimberly Harvill was found slain on the side of a California road on Aug. 14, and her three... More »

Mother Reunites With Kidnapped Son After 21 Years

Steven Hernandez located in Mexico

(Newser) - In 1995, things were rocky between Maria Mancia and her husband, Valentin Hernandez—and one day after work, Mancia returned to their California apartment to find her husband and their 18-month-old son, Steven, gone, along with all the boy's things. Hernandez took all the photos of Steven, even an... More »

Cops: Mom Fights Off Man Trying to Abduct Daughter

She wrestled the teen from man's grasp in Florida store

(Newser) - Police in Florida are praising a woman whose "motherly instinct … may have saved her daughter's life." Surveillance video from a Dollar General store in Hernando on Tuesday shows a man police are identifying as 30-year-old Craig Bonello pushing a cart full of items. He then wanders... More »

Boy Abducted Off Detroit Street Found Dead

Police have arrested the chief suspect

(Newser) - A body found in an overgrown vacant lot on Detroit's east side has been identified as a 13-year-old boy abducted two days ago from a city street, the AP reports. The Wayne County medical examiner's office says Deontae Mitchell's mother made the identification Thursday afternoon. An autopsy... More »

Carlie Trent Is Back Home

Aunt says uncle seemed normal on day of kidnapping

(Newser) - Tennessee girl Carlie Trent is home with loved ones and the uncle accused of kidnapping her is behind bars. The 9-year-old, who was rescued by men searching a remote area on Thursday, spent a night in a hospital before being reunited with family members including her little sister, Katie, on... More »

Carlie Trent's Rescuer: God 'Gave Us a Clue'

She was found near barn searchers skipped a day earlier

(Newser) - Stuart Franklin says it was little more than luck that led him to discover 9-year-old Carlie Trent and the uncle who allegedly kidnapped her on private property on Tennessee's Clinch Mountain Thursday. "There's a lot of abandoned cabins in the area and it's a lot of... More »

Good Samaritans Rescue Carlie Trent, Hold Uncle at Gunpoint

Authorities say she was abducted by her uncle last week

(Newser) - Authorities say a 9-year-old girl abducted by her uncle last week in Tennessee was found Thursday, WATE reports. According to the AP , authorities are crediting two Good Samaritans for rescuing Carlie Trent and apprehending her uncle, Gary Simpson. Donnie Lawson and Roger Carpenter heard law enforcement believed Simpson and Carlie... More »

Cops: Here's What Uncle Bought Before Kidnapping 9-Year-Old

'If he's capable of kidnapping a child he's capable of anything'

(Newser) - Authorities are combing through more than 1,200 leads in a desperate search for a 9-year-old girl they say was abducted by her uncle May 4, WATE reports. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , 57-year-old Gary Simpson picked Carlie Trent up from her Tennessee school, telling staff her father had... More »

FBI: Stranger Kidnapped, Murdered This 11-Year-Old

New Mexico suspect allegedly lured 2 kids into his van

(Newser) - The Navajo Nation has been shaken by the nightmarish murder of an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped along with her 9-year-old brother. Authorities say the body of Ashlynne Mike was found in a remote area near the Shiprock monument in northwest New Mexico on Tuesday, the day after a stranger... More »

Person of Interest Named in 1989 Child Abduction

He was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges

(Newser) - For the first time since an 11-year-old boy was abducted in Minnesota almost exactly 26 years ago, authorities have identified a person of interest in his disappearance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Jacob Wetterling was riding his bike to rent a video with his brother and a friend on Oct.... More »

School Aide Thwarts Alleged Abduction En Route to Work

'It was kind of like a superwoman power thing. I can't believe it did that!'

(Newser) - Sandra Ferguson, a teacher's aide at Sutter Elementary School in Antioch, Calif., recognized a student at the school sitting in the front seat of a car while Ferguson was on her way to work Friday. Not recognizing the man, and noticing the 11-year-old girl looked frightened, Ferguson stopped and... More »

Cops: Mom Fights Off Man Trying to Pull Baby From Car

The man has been charged with kidnapping

(Newser) - Police say a man tried to kidnap a baby from a car in a McDonald's parking lot, but her mother and another relative fought him off. Police in the Atlanta suburb of Norcross say the family left McDonald's yesterday morning. The mother buckled her 10-month-old daughter into a... More »

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 »

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