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Stepfather: Men Knocked Me Unconscious for 24 Hours, Took Girl

Maleah Davis was reported missing over the weekend in Texas

(Newser) - Maleah Davis, 4, was removed from her home along with her two brothers last August after allegations of physical abuse and a head injury Maleah had suffered. In February, a judge ordered the siblings returned to their home, with CPS maintaining temporary conservatorship and visiting the home at least once... More »

Parents of Missing Boy No Longer Cooperating With Police

Andrew 'AJ' Freund vanished Wednesday night in Illinois

(Newser) - The parents of a missing Illinois child have stopped talking to police as investigators focus on the family home and call it a crime scene, ABC7 reports. The story began Thursday in the city of Crystal Lake when 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund's parents, Andrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn... More »

No Bail for Man Who Claimed to Be Missing Child

Judge decides Brian Rini is a flight risk

(Newser) - A US magistrate ordered an Ohio man to remain jailed without bond Tuesday on a charge that he lied to federal agents about being a missing child from Illinois. Authorities in Kentucky charged Brian Michael Rini, 23, of Medina, Ohio, on Friday, a day after DNA testing proved he wasn'... More »

Hope, Then Devastation: Details Emerge on Missing Boy Hoax

Investigators: Brian Rini says he learned about Timmothy Pitzen, who vanished in 2011, from TV

(Newser) - An "astounding" story turned into a crushing blow for the family of a missing Illinois boy, and now there are a slew of questions surrounding the man who prosecutors say impersonated him. A young man turned up in the streets of Newport, Ky., on Wednesday, claiming to be Timmothy... More »

Man Who Claimed to Be Timmothy Pitzen Is 23

Cops say he is 'known schemer' Brian Michael Rini

(Newser) - The person who claimed to be 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen , giving false hope to the long-missing Illinois child's family, is actually a 23-year-old man described by police as a "known schemer." Police in Newport, Ky., say the man found wandering in the city Wednesday has been identified as... More »

Teen Is Not Long-Missing Boy: FBI

FBI says DNA disproves teen's claim that he is Timmothy Pitzen

(Newser) - Hope briefly flared that Timmothy Pitzen, the Illinois boy who went missing at age 6 in 2011 , had been found Wednesday in Kentucky . That hope died Thursday when the FBI announced that the teenage boy who claimed to be Pitzen was not actually him. "DNA results have been returned... More »

Teen Found by Police Gives Astounding News

Timmothy Pitzen has been missing since his mother died in 2011

(Newser) - A boy found by Kentucky police Wednesday says he's Timmothy Pitzen, 14—and if he is, that's long-awaited news. Newport residents called police about a suspicious boy walking the streets in a hoodie with a bruised face, who later said he had just escaped two kidnappers at a... More »

He Hired Teen to Babysit. That May Have Been a Ruse

Louisiana girl, 15, has been missing since last week and is believed to be with Cory Disotell

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Louisiana girl has been missing since Thursday, and authorities say she may be in the company of her neighbor, a 47-year-old man. Domeanna Spell had been the babysitter for Cory Disotell's family, WAPT reports, though KATC reports that the babysitting job was a ruse and that there... More »

'It Felt Like I Was Dreaming': Boy Abducted in 2017 Found

Police say Joshua Graham's non-custodial father took him out of state

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy who went missing in 2017 was found safe Saturday morning, ABC News reports. Police say Joshua Graham's father took the boy from Texas without informing his mother; in February 2018, his mother was granted sole custody. The boy was eventually reported missing under the status of... More »

'Absolute Miracle': Missing Sisters Found Alive in Woods

Sheriff says 4-H training helped them survive

(Newser) - "This is an absolute miracle," Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said Sunday after two little girls who went missing on Friday were found alive in rugged terrain in northern California. Honsal said 5- and 8-year-old sisters Caroline and Leia Carrico were found by a volunteer fire chief and... More »

Little Girls Wanted to Go for a Walk. Then They Were Gone

5- and 8-year-old sisters have been missing in Humboldt County since Friday afternoon

(Newser) - Authorities in Northern California are continuing to search for two little girls who went missing Friday afternoon after apparently deciding to go on a walk after their mother told them no, reports the Los Angeles Times . "They wanted to go on a walk, mom wasn't ready to do... More »

She Said Son Vanished at Swap Meet. Cops Call It a 'Diversion'

Amy Fleming accused of killing 3-year-old son in Las Vegas in 1986

(Newser) - More than three decades after police fruitlessly searched a Las Vegas swap meet for a missing 3-year-old, his mother has been charged with murder. Amy Fleming, 60, was arrested in Florida on Jan. 29 and is being extradited to Nevada to face a charge that she killed her son before... More »

Boy Who Went Missing for 2 Days Says He Had Company

North Carolina's Casey Hathaway, 3, says he 'hung out with a bear'

(Newser) - Little Casey Hathaway can now check "hung out with a bear" off his bucket list. At least, that's according to the 3-year-old himself, who says that's what he did while he was missing in the woods of North Carolina for two days, the Charlotte Observer reports. "... More »

Missing 3-Year-Old Found Alive in NC

Casey Hathaway survived in 'treacherous' terrain

(Newser) - Relief and joy in North Carolina: Casey Hathaway, the 3-year-old boy who wandered off into woods behind his grandmother's home in Ernul on Tuesday afternoon, has been found alive. The Craven County Sheriff's Office says Casey was found in good health Thursday by a professional search and rescue... More »

NC 'Emergency': 3 Kids Went Out to Play, 2 Returned

Hundreds searching for 3-year-old Casey Hathaway in Ernul

(Newser) - An " emergency search " is underway in eastern North Carolina, where a 3-year-old boy is believed to have wandered into thick woods behind his grandmother's home while playing outside with two other kids. Those two came inside the home in Ernul around 1:45pm Tuesday without Casey Lynn... More »

After 11 Days, Mission to Rescue 2-Year-Old Is in Final Phase

Rescuers dug shaft parallel to borehole

(Newser) - Spain is braced for a tragedy but praying for a miracle as the operation to rescue a 2-year-old boy from a deep borehole enters a critical phase. After numerous setbacks in the desperate effort to dig a parallel shaft next to the borehole, miners are finally preparing to dig a... More »

8 Days Later, Rescuers Still Drilling Toward Toddler in Well

Hard granite has slowed their progress

(Newser) - The on-site rescue team initially said they hoped to reach a 2-year-old trapped in a Spanish well on Friday . As of Monday morning, eight days after Julen Rosello fell into the narrow borehole while with his family in Totalan, the lead engineer explained why progress has been slow. The AP... More »

'We Are Dead Inside,' Says Dad of Boy at Bottom of Well

Rescue teams expect to reach well's bottom by Friday

(Newser) - "We have a bit more hope." So says the father of a 2-year-old who has been trapped since Sunday at the bottom of an 360-foot-deep well whose opening is just 10 inches wide. While machinery has been unable to get beyond 262 feet due to hard rock, rescue... More »

The Toddler Yelled as He Fell Into 360-Foot Well

Major rescue effort underway in Spain

(Newser) - The 2-year-old yelled as he vanished. Now, an effort is underway to locate the child, who hasn't been heard from since he fell into a 360-foot-deep borehole while walking with his family in southern Spain on Sunday. The only sign of him so far: The cup and candies the... More »

A 'Glorious Day' in Jayme Closs' Hometown, a Suspect Named

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been charged with kidnapping Wisconsin teen, killing her parents

(Newser) - Jayme Closs is alive , and new details are emerging. The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, who went missing in October from her Barron home, where her parents were found shot dead, turned up about 60 miles away near Gordon Thursday after fleeing her captor. In what Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane... More »

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