D.C. police say ‘person of interest’ in custody in attempted kidnapping of child  Washington Post

It was a routine drop-off for the neighborhood after-school carpool. The neighbor's nanny let the 6-year-old girl out of a car on Dumbarton Street NW in ...



Jayme Closs Update: Suspect Jake Patterson accused of kidnapping Wis. girl, murdering her parents  WLS-TV

A Wisconsin teenager missing for nearly three months after her parents were killed in the family home was found alive and a 21-year-old man has been jailed on ...


Child grabbed in Georgetown in what police call a “kidnapping offense”  Washington Post

A woman grabbed a child in Georgetown on Tuesday during an alleged kidnaping offense, the D.C. police said. In a statement issued late Tuesday night, the ...


Woman charged with kidnapping after allegedly grabbing girl on Georgetown street  Washington Post

A woman who allegedly tried to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from a Georgetown street Tuesday was arrested Friday, authorities said. On Tuesday about 4:55 p.m., ...


Jayme Closs, Elizabeth Smart and other kidnapping survivors found safe  Fox News

Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teenager missing since October, was found alive Thursday.


Man charged in Penn Hills abduction was on probation for similar incident last year  Tribune-Review

A man on probation for assaulting a Penn Hills teenager broke into the girl's home Wednesday and forced her into his car, prompting a statewide Amber Alert ...


Fellow Kidnapping Survivors Share Messages Of Hope For Jayme Closs After Her Escape  Oxygen

“She can still have a wonderful happy life,” Elizabeth Smart said of the Wisconsin teen who escaped her captor last week nearly three months after her abduction ...


Any Deaths of the Children I’ve Kidnapped Are Strictly the Fault of Parents Who Didn’t Pay the Ransom  Slate

We have your children. Right now, they are safe and well—most of them, anyway—and you can refer to our previous correspondence for details about what to ...


The Desert Independent  Desert Independent

January 19, 2019. KINGMAN, Ariz – On Wednesday, January 16, the Idaho State Police notified the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) about a ...


Four Members of 'Extremist Jewish Sect' Charged with Kidnapping Two Children  The Daily Beast

Four members of “extremist Jewish sect” Lev Tahor were arrested Friday and charged with kidnapping two children in upstate New York, the Department of ...


Police: Unknown man tried to sign out 2 kids from Germantown school  WPVI-TV

Philadelphia police are warning parents and children about an unknown man who tried to sign two children out from a school in the Germantown section.


Arizona troopers rescue kidnapped children from father threatening to take them to Mexico  Tucson News Now

MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On January 16, 2019, the Idaho State Police notified the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) about a ...


Listen: How to keep your children safe amid reports of human trafficking and kidnapping [audio]  The South African

Child kidnapping and human trafficking may seem like something that only happens in the movies, but the rise of incidents in South Africa this month alone is a ...


Woman involved in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case lives near elementary school  KOAA 5

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart is living several blocks from a Salt Lake City elementary school following her release ...


Decision to add charges in Jayme Closs kidnapping will be sensitive  Star Tribune

Few details of what happened in Jake Patterson's cabin have been released. They might be shielded to protect Jayme Closs.


The Latest: Kidnapping, sex suspect arraigned in hospital  Minneapolis Star Tribune

HARTFORD, Vt. — The Latest on man accused of kidnapping woman and child. (all times local):. 3:30 p.m.. More charges have been filed against a man who ...


Father pleads guilty in abduction; charge includes possession of a shank by inmate  GoDanRiver.com

Carl Ray Kennedy pleaded guilty in Danville Circuit Court on Wednesday morning to several charges related to the abduction of his then 7-month-old daughter, ...


Crime Report: Jan. 20, 2019  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The following crimes were reported to the Charleston Police Department between Jan. 10 and Jan. 16:


Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Wanda Barzee Living Near Elementary School Following Early Prison Release: Report  Inside Edition

The woman who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart has moved into a home in Utah only blocks away from an elementary school after being released early from prison, ...


True Detective season 3 recap: a deep dive into episodes 1 & 2  Polygon

Good news, fake-crime fans: True Detective season 3 is a legitimate descendant of the first (and best) season. In our first guide (or what I like to call our ...


Kidnapping Attempt Is Thwarted When Girl Asks For 'Code Word': Sheriff  HuffPost

Authorities say an 11-year-old girl's request for a “code word” from a would-be kidnapper thwarted her abduction from an Arizona park, offering a chilling lesson ...


Stranger danger in Norton Commons: Tips to keep your children safe  Courier Journal

Louisville police has received calls about attempted child abductions in Norton Commons. What else can parents do to protect their kids?


Tucson parents accused of kidnapping kids are facing child pornography charges  Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson couple accused of kidnapping their kids by using a stun gun on a child welfare worker are suspected of being involved with child pornography, and ...


Parents prepare their kids on how to avoid a potential kidnapping  wpde.com

Many parents have been on edge since 13-year-old Hania Aguilar disappeared in Lumberton, NC. Experts say communication with your kids is critical when ...


Family’s code word system thwarts attempted abduction of 10 year old  WREG NewsChannel 3

A 10-year-old escaped what appears to have been an attempted abduction all thanks to a secret code word.


How to Prevent Child Abductions and Kidnappings  Fatherly

Child abduction statistics suggest kids are significantly more likely to run away with someone they met online than be abducted off the street by a stranger.


Man arrested for attempted child abduction in Skokie  WLS-TV

Skokie Police arrested a man after he allegedly attempted to abduct a 13-year-old girl on Tuesday.


Polly Klaas' Petaluma kidnapping led to advocacy for children  Petaluma Argus Courier

On Oct. 1, 1993, Polly Klaas was having a slumber party with a few friends at her mother's house in a quiet west Petaluma neighborhood, when a stranger broke ...


A stranger with $100 bills: How an Iowa man tried to kidnap at least 19 kids across the state  Des Moines Register

In the span of five months, one man tried to entice at least 19 Iowa kids and sexually abused two of them, according to state investigators.


India WhatsApp 'child kidnap' rumours claim two more victims  BBC News

Indian police have arrested 16 people after two men became the latest victims of hysteria over WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers. The men had stopped to ...


Elizabeth Smart says it’s ‘incomprehensible’ that one of her captors will go free years earlier than expected  The Washington Post

Wanda Barzee helped steal Smart from her bedroom in Salt Lake City in 2002, when she was just 14, and hold her captive for 9 months.


The Dangers of the Mall and How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Holiday Season  Inside Edition

Are your children really safe at the mall? Inside Edition found stories of a series of men who were busted for exposing themselves at shopping centers across the ...


'Stranger Danger' Is Dead: How To Talk To Your Children About Kidnapping  Oxygen

Kidnapping is a rare occurence, but it still happens to families all over the country. Here's what you need to be teaching your children. Facebook Twitter Pinterest ...


In Iowa, 48 juveniles have gone missing in July. Here's why that number may be misleading.  USA TODAY

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As the search for a missing University of Iowa student continues, much has been made of a startling statistic on missing persons in that ...


Duo Tries to Kidnap Child at Fort Worth Walmart: Police  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Fort Worth police are looking for a man and woman who tried to kidnap a young child from a Walmart store.


Vallejo’s stranger abduction survivor Midsi Sanchez starts child safety foundation  East Bay Times

CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device. The future is assured for no one, but for a child who survives a harrowing ...


2 women accused of kidnapping baby appear in court  WESH 2 Orlando

One woman is still in jail and a second woman has bonded out after an incident Wednesday involving an infant who police said was kidnapped.


SANFORD KIDNAPPING: Amber Alert canceled for 3-month-old girl abducted in Sanford | WFTV  WFTV Orlando

A 3-month-old girl who Sanford police said was abducted by her father Sunday morning has been found safe, according to the Florida Department of Law ...


Child kidnap survivor Midsi Sanchez launches nonprofit bid  Vallejo Times Herald

Vallejo's resident hero Midsi Sanchez says she has a dual mission: to help prepare children to keep from getting abducted and to help families get through the ...


Girl, 12, found safe after possible abduction from Reagan National Airport  Atlanta Journal Constitution

A 12-year-old girl visiting from China who vanished in a possible abduction at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has been found safe, according to ...


Storm in China over child abduction bid  South China Morning Post

Police criticised for their handling of an attempted kidnapping of an 11-month-old boy in a Beijing shopping centre in broad daylight.


Elizabeth Smart announces the birth of her third child  TODAY

Elizabeth Smart has given birth to a baby girl! The child safety activist and kidnapping survivor announced the birth of her third child with husband Matthew ...


Vigilant Couple Thwarts Possible Child Abduction in Vacaville  KTXL FOX 40 Sacramento

VACAVILLE – "Stranger danger." It's a warning we tell kids all the time. Three kids heeded that warning Friday evening in Vacaville in what investigators are ...


AMBER ALERT ISSUED GASTONIA: Father accused of kidnapping Gastonia toddler faces judge | WSOC-TV  WSOC Charlotte

A man accused of abducting his 3-year-old daughter from a Gastonia home faced a judge Wednesday.


'Thriller?' Video shows teens being 'kidnapped' in Woodbridge  New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

The video is meant to evoke Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'


Skokie Girl Stops Kidnapping Suspect, Alerts Police With Safety App  CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man is in police custody after allegedly trying to abduct a 13-year-old girl in Skokie. Police say the young girl was walking home Tuesday ...


Police: Hudson Falls girl found safe  The Post Star

Police said Friday afternoon that the 12-year-old girl who had been missing from Hudson Falls for two days was found unharmed in New York City, hours after a ...


SA Kidnappings: How to keep your children safe  Jacaranda FM

The recent kidnapping of Sydenham schoolboy Miguel Louw has left many parents in South Africa worrying about their children's safety. The 10-year-old went ...


How to protect your child from kidnapping and what to do if they go missing  Springfield News-Leader

While the vast majority of missing child cases end with the child found safe, parents should take steps now to protect their child from kidnapping.


Woman Charged After Making False Attempted Kidnapping Claim at Kentucky Walmart  WFMYNews2.com

UPDATE: The woman who took to social media and claimed her someone tried to snatch her baby is now being charged with filing a false police report.


Kidnapped and held captive at 12: KC-area woman recounts journey to freedom  KSHB

Rosalynn McGinnis was just 10 years old when the abuse began. Only two years later, she was kidnapped and held captive for nearly 20 years before good ...


Chicago man facing abduction charges after Skokie teen used app to alert authorities  Chicago Tribune

A Chicago man was charged with child abduction after a teenage girl used an app on her cell phone July 31, 2018 to report that his suspicious behavior, police ...


Police: Woman posed as Child Protective Services worker in attempt to kidnap 3-week-old baby  ABC Action News

Las Vegas police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of a 3-week-old baby by a woman who posed as a Child Protective Services worker.


LMPD: Woman who claimed attempted abduction at Walmart charged with 'filing false report'  WHAS11.com

UPDATE: The woman who took to social media and claimed her someone tried to snatch her baby is now being charged with filing a false police report.


Abducted Midsi Sanchez raising money for child safety program  KTVU San Francisco

Almost two decades ago, Midsi Sanchez was 8 years old when she survived a harrowing ordeal when she was abducted by a stranger in Vallejo.


Missing 2-year-old boy found safe, mother charged with abduction  WXIX

FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - A toddler who police say was taken by his mother Wednesday night, prompting authorities to issue a local Amber Alert, was found ...


5 Children Missing, Mom Charged with Kidnapping  KSTP

A region-wide search is underway for five children believed to have been taken against court order by their mother, Izetta Cooley. Cooley's children were ...


Nest camera hacker threatens to kidnap baby, spooks parents  NBC News

A Texas mom says someone hacked into her Nest camera system that she uses to keep an eye on her infant and claimed to have kidnapped the baby boy.


Authorities Investigating Report of Attempted Abduction of Child  NBC 29 News

Lake Monticello police and Fluvanna County sheriff's deputies are investigating a reported attempted abduction Friday morning.


Buncombe authorities release sketch after attempted child abduction  WLOS

Buncombe County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday detectives are investigating an attempted child abduction. The incident, they said, was reported by a child in ...


Family continues to look for answers in kidnapping case  KFYR-TV

A family is asking for help finding the man who they say kidnapped a 7-year-old in Bismarck on Friday and then dropped her off somewhere else.


Modesto Boy Found Safe after AMBER Alert Issued, Father in Custody  KTXL FOX 40 Sacramento

MODESTO -- A Modesto boy has been found safe after AMBER Alert was issued on Monday. Jayce Cosso, left, was abducted Monday morning by his father, ...


Woman allegedly abducted in Athens found safe; man with ‘criminal history’ in custody  Atlanta Journal Constitution

A college-aged woman who police said was abducted on the streets of downtown Athens early Wednesday morning has been found safe. The man who ...


Pasco man taken down by K9 after attempting to kidnap infant girl, putting schools on lockdown  Tampa Bay Times

NEW PORT RICHEY — A few hours before he was lying on his back in the woods, shirtless with a dog's jaws clamped around his arm, Kevin Wilson climbed into ...


CHARLOTTE KIDNAPPING:'I'm worried about my son's safety': Woman says son was kidnapped, tortured for 3 days | WSOC-TV  WSOC Charlotte

A woman told Channel 9 her son was kidnapped and assaulted for three days by four people who believed he had stolen from them.


'This is my girl:' Man tries to kidnap child from Orlando airport, police say  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

A man who tried to kidnap a child at Orlando International Airport was pinned to the ground by travelers who saw him snatch the girl, according to the Orlando ...


Child welfare workers illegally taking kids out of Minnesota homes, suit says  Star Tribune

In the civil rights suit, attorneys for a group of parents allege that Minnesota's child protection laws are overly broad.


SELF-DEFENSE: Experts offer safety tips after 13-year-old says he was abducted after getting off bus  KTRK-TV

A 13-year-old boy says he was kidnapped from a bus stop Monday afternoon, then robbed and assaulted because of his race.


Uber driver charged with kidnapping after rider jumps from moving car, police say  Atlanta Journal Constitution

A Florida Uber driver allegedly refused to let her fare out of the car Wednesday, forcing the female passenger to jump from the window of the moving vehicle, ...


Kidnapping, rape survivor speaks at Iowa State University  KCRG

Elizabeth Smart, a sexual assault survivor and safety advocate whose 2002 kidnapping garnered national attention, spoke to Iowa State University students in ...


Polly Klaas legacy: Child protection  Sonoma Index-Tribune

On Oct. 1, 1993, Polly Klaas was having a slumber party with a few friends at her mother's house in a quiet west Petaluma neighborhood, when a stranger broke ...


Elizabeth Smart fears for her safety if her kidnapper is released  CNN

Elizabeth Smart knows it's a long shot, but she hopes officials will reconsider the decision to let one of her kidnappers out of prison.


Arizona DCS contractor Tased, bound; search is on for abducted children  AZCentral

A 6-month-old girl and a 5-year-old boy were taken from a supervised visit with the Department of Child Safety in Tucson, according to officials.


Mexico has a kidnapping problem. And it’s getting worse.  Vox.com

It's part of a trend experts call the "democratization" of kidnapping.


Attempted kidnapping reported in Newbury Park  Thousand Oaks Acorn

Authorities are looking for a man who they say tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl near Newbury Park High School this morning. Around 8:15 a.m., the girl was.


The Trump administration kidnapped children. Someone should go to jail.  The Washington Post

The Trump administration's kidnapping — that's the proper word — of the children of would-be migrants should be seen as an ongoing criminal conspiracy.


Police: Social media post on child kidnappings not true  KEZI TV

Even though these reports were unfounded, McKee is asking everyone to report any suspicious activity and remain vigilant.


‘At risk’ 5-year-old girl from Spotsylvania found safe  WTVR CBS 6 News

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- Authorities say a 5-year-old missing girl from Spotsylvania County who was considered endangered, has now been found safe ...


Man on parole for kidnapping, rape arrested after victim escapes to safety  14 News WFIE Evansville

The bus driver told officers the victim was screaming "he's trying to kill me,” as she ran to him.


Girl reports attempted kidnapping in El Dorado County  KCRA Sacramento

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said it's investigating after a man reportedly tried to pick up a 12-year-old girl Monday as she was walking home from her ...


‘Child Ki‌dna‌pp‌ing’ Social Experiment Sparks D‌eadly Ri‌o‌t‌s in India  NextShark

A child safety video depicting a fake c‌hild kidn‌a‌ppi‌ng has sparked incidents of viol‌enc‌e and h yst‌eri‌a in India after it was mistaken for an actual footage of a ...


Amber Alert canceled for abducted Vancouver girl, police believe mother took her to Mexico  KATU

VANCOVUER, Wash. – Vancouver Police has asked California Highway Patrol to end their Amber Alert for a 4-year-old girl believed to have been abducted by ...


‘We were kidnapped in Mexico’—couple tells of an engagement trip gone horribly wrong  MarketWatch

When Jennifer and Frank Massabki traveled to Mexico in May 2017, they had recently gotten engaged and were looking for potential locations to host their ...


Okla. native kidnapped, raped as preteen finds freedom 20 years later  2 Works For You - KJRH.com

A little girl in Green Country was taken from school when she was only 12, held captive, abused and raped daily, not seen again by her family for nearly 20 ...


Gang member arrested on suspicion of kidnapping child, beating ex-wife, police say  The Fresno Bee

Fresno police held a late-afternoon news conference Friday seeking the public's help to find a gang member who beat his ex-wife until she passed out then took ...


When WhatsApp messages go viral: Kidnapping voice note fuels panic  East Coast Radio

When you receive a 'viral' WhatsApp message telling you that there is a strike or expected chaos on the roads, do you stop to ask yourself if this is true or do you ...


Mackinac County Deputies Looking for Suspects Who Tried Abducting 3-Year-Old  9&10 News

*UPDATE: The Mackinac County Sheriff's Office says a reported attempted child abduction in the Upper Peninsula was actually just a miscommunication.


'Digital kidnapping' alert: How to protect your family from online predators  Today.com

Posting photos of your kids online is a great way to keep friends and family in the loop, but also has its dangers. Here's how to avoid "digital kidnappers."


AMBER ALERT | Child abducted by fugitive father in Lorain; authorities searching Mansfield area  WKYC.com

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Richland County law enforcement officers are searching for an AMBER Alert suspect who remains at large Wednesday ...


Spalding County Sheriff warns parents of attempted kidnappings in area  11Alive.com WXIA

SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. – The Spalding County Sheriff's Office is investigating two possible attempted child abductions. Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix ...


UPDATE: 7-year-old girl safe following domestic kidnapping  Verde Independent

What originally was intended as an Amber Alert issued at 8:50 a.m. Monday by Cottonwood police has ended with the child located by Yavapai Apache Tribal ...


Abducted Texas child found safe in Alpharetta, police say  Atlanta Journal Constitution

An abducted 4-year-old child from Texas was found safe by police in Alpharetta on Thursday and then reunited with her mother on Friday. Around 5 p.m. on ...


Perspective | Most kidnapped children are taken by a parent. That doesn't mean they're safe.  The Washington Post

When my client told me her abusive ex-boyfriend had shown up after a long absence, beaten her and kidnapped their children, I assumed the police would ...


Mayo disputes CNN story on 'medical kidnapping,' calling it inaccurate and irresponsible  MPR News

Mayo Clinic said a CNN story accusing the medical behemoth of "medical kidnapping" in a case of a patient contained "egregious errors."


Here's what's really happening with the 1,500 'missing' immigrant children  CNN

Recent reports claim the US government lost track of nearly 1500 immigrant children amid confusion about whether they were separated from their families at ...


FACT CHECK: Has Iowa Seen an Alarming Increase in “Vanishing Children” This Summer?  Snopes.com

The state of Iowa has seen an alarming increase in "vanishing" children reports in the summer of 2018. Rating. Mostly False About this rating. What's True.


Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison  The Associated Press

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison ...


California man charged in kidnapping/missing person case  Willcox Range News

A California couple, Herman Machado and Sabrina Robles, were taken into custody Saturday by Arizona Department of Public Safety in connection with a ...


Schools warn parents of attempted kidnappings  CapeTown ETC

Since the spike in child abduction attempts in recent weeks, and several schools in Cape Town have sent letters to parents warning them of such incidents.