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Boy's Summer With Dad Turns Into His Kidnapping

Inside Alissa Zagaris' quest to get Leo back

(Newser) - When Alissa Zagaris' ex-husband asked her to send him their then-10-year-old's vaccination records, she said no way. Son Leo was in Greece visiting his father for the summer, per stipulations of the couple's divorce. But just days before the boy was to return to Indiana, Nikos Zagaris called... 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 »

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 »

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 »

How Technology Led to a Child's Abduction— and Rescue

iPod helped authorities find girl said to have been talking to man online

(Newser) - The story of a 12-year-old girl's kidnapping fuels concerns about the dangers of the Internet—even as it demonstrates how today's devices can come to the rescue, Ars Technica reports. The Baltimore-area girl, identified in court as Jane Doe, communicated with several men via Xbox Live and social... More »

Amish Plan 'Garage Raising' for Couple Who Returned Girls

Grateful family 'won't take no for an answer'

(Newser) - Jeffrey and Pamela Stinson don't need a barn, so the Amish community plans to hold a "garage raising" for the upstate New York couple who returned two young girls who had been kidnapped and sexually abused . The couple tell the Watertown Daily Times via the AP that the... More »

Captors Sexually Abused Amish Girls: DA

Nicole Vaisey's lawyer claims she was in abusive relationship

(Newser) - The two Amish girls kidnapped from a roadside farmstand in Upstate New York were sexually abused by their captors, St. Lawrence County DA Mary Rain confirms to the Syracuse Post-Standard . Stephen Howells, 39, and 25-year-old girlfriend Nicole Vaisey have each been charged with two counts of kidnapping; it's unclear... More »

Arrest Made After Missing Girl's Mysterious Return

Nathaniel E. Kibby charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez

(Newser) - There are still more questions than answers, at least publicly, surrounding the mysterious case of Abigail Hernandez , the New Hampshire girl who is back home after going missing nine months ago—but a suspect in the case was arrested today, and charged with kidnapping her. Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, of... More »

Kidnapped Girl, 5, Dies in Car Chase, Shootout

Marcus McGowan allegedly took Cadence Harris, fled cops

(Newser) - A kidnapped 5-year-old girl is dead after a shoot-out between police and her alleged kidnapper in Leavenworth, Kansas. According to KSHB, family members say 30-year-old Marcus McGowan took 5 year-old Cadence Harris from her home. But according to the Kansas City Star, McGowan lived with Harris and her mother at... More »

Guy Busted in 10-Year Kidnap Case Faces 19 Years

Isidro Garcia charged with 5 felonies

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Orange County have charged a man with kidnapping his former girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter a decade ago and repeatedly sexually assaulting her. Isidro Medrano Garcia was charged today with five felony counts, including forcible rape, kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, and three counts of lewd acts on... More »

Boko Haram Hiding in Vast, Snake-Ridden Forest

Sambisa Forest stretches for 23K square miles

(Newser) - Boko Haram has a tactical advantage: The Muslim extremist group suspected of kidnapping Nigerian girls is hiding out in old military bunkers, in an enormous forest where vegetation grows as high as six feet, Fox News reports. What's more, the 23,000-square-mile Sambisa Forest is teeming with poisonous snakes... More »

Boko Haram Stages Massacre as Nigeria Offers $300K for Girls

Reports say brutal attack in village killed at least 150

(Newser) - Nigeria is apparently feeling the international pressure over its kidnapped girls, with the national police offering a $300,000 reward today for information that leads to their rescue, reports the BBC . (The move comes a day after President Obama promised that a US team would help the cause.) But... More »

Secret Dossier Handed Over in Madeleine McCann Case

Details burglaries, child abuse in area where she went missing

(Newser) - The long-running investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann appears to be heating up again. In October, Portuguese police officially reopened their investigation into the British 3-year-old's 2007 disappearance. Now, they've handed over to British police secret files covering burglaries near the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz,... More »

New Name Surfaces in Madeleine McCann Case

2 witnesses identify same person after image release

(Newser) - After airing computer-generated images of a possible figure in the Madeleine McCann case on a BBC show last night, London police have fielded more than 700 calls and 200 emails regarding the missing British girl, they say in a statement . What's more, two witnesses offered the same name after... More »

Third Eye Blind Wife Kidnapped Own Kid: Cops

Kristi Fredianelli involved in twisted case

(Newser) - Kristi Fredianelli, 36, was arrested Sept. 19 for allegedly kidnapping her own 6-year-old daughter. Why is this not just news, but gossip? Because Fredianelli is married to Anthony Fredianelli, who was the lead guitarist of Third Eye Blind until 2009. She was wanted on a fugitive warrant in Nevada, where... More »

Kidnappers Demand $10K Ransom for 14-Year-Old Girl

Ayvani Hope Perez was taken from Georgia home yesterday

(Newser) - The family of an abducted 14-year-old Georgia girl has received a ransom demand from her kidnappers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Ayvani Hope Perez's family is trying to raise the $10,000 demanded by the two men who originally broke into their home early yesterday looking for jewelry and money.... More »

Hannah Anderson on Dead Kidnapper: 'He's a Psycho'

Talks about James Lee DiMaggio, ordeal online

(Newser) - No need to wait for Hannah Anderson's first big TV interview: The teen has already discussed her kidnapping ordeal in surprising detail online. Hannah answered anonymous questions on ask.fm starting Monday night, and the mother of one of her close friends confirmed to the AP that the postings... More »

Cleveland Suspect's Son Wrote Article About Captive

Young Castro quoted Gina DeJesus' mom

(Newser) - A strange twist in the Cleveland kidnapping: Ariel Castro—the man arrested yesterday after three women kidnapped a decade ago escaped his home —has a son of the same name who wrote a 2004 newspaper article about the disappearance of one of those women, Gina DeJesus. The younger Ariel... More »

Cuba Hands Over Hakken Family to US

Boys head back to grandparents, mom and dad cool heels in jail

(Newser) - The Hakken family is back on US soil this morning, after Cuba handed the foursome over to US custody without ado. Josh and Sharyn Hakken, accused of abducting their two sons and sailing off to the island nation, are sitting in a Florida jail; they face charges including kidnapping, grand... More »

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