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Cops: Father, Son Kept Teen Girl Chained in Basement

The girl says she was kept captive for more than a year

(Newser) - A father and son were arrested early Thursday after allegedly keeping a 13-year-old girl shackled in their basement and feeding her old scraps of food for at least a year, WTOL reports. The girl was discovered running away from home Wednesday night in downtown Toledo. She claimed her stepfather kept... More »

Would-Be Baby Snatcher No Match for Brave Nanny

'I thought he was going to take it'

(Newser) - A dedicated babysitter fought off a man who was allegedly trying to take a 4-month-old baby away from her Tuesday morning in San Bernardino, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , Carmen Perez had just put baby Chloe into her stroller when a man started hustling... 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 »

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 »

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