Sunday, July 22, 2007


For the lady who took Sophie's xrays who wondered aloud why people adopted internationally and not domestically, this would be the reason why.

Kidnapped baby found
FBI says biological mother took the child

Associated Press

Published on: 07/22/07

JACKSON, Miss. — The 5-month-old girl kidnapped at gunpoint in a home invasion in northeastern Mississippi was recovered early Sunday morning at Fort Bragg, N.C.

An FBI spokesman said Madison Erickson was kidnapped by her biological mother, and two arrests on state kidnapping charges have been made. Authorities are still looking for a man they said participated the abduction.
The FBI and Fort Bragg military police arrested the baby's biological mother, Jamie Kiefer, and her biological aunt, Rikki Swann, at Fort Bragg at about 5:40 a.m. EDT.
Authorities had the base housing unit where the arrests were made under surveillance and FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said they were arrested shortly after arriving home from the trip to Mississippi. Authorities believe the women were among the three who broke into the home of Madison's adopted mother, Jennifer Erickson, and took the baby at gun point Saturday morning.
The baby was unharmed and is at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg.
"The adopted family is en route from Mississippi to North Carolina to get the baby," Pack said.
Three masked invaders stormed into Jennifer Erickson's home in northeastern Mississippi's Tishomingo County at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say the group was made up of one armed man and two women, all wearing masks. They tied up Erickson and fled with the baby.
"Apparently (the kidnapping) was related to the adoption of the baby," Pack said. "Apparently Ms. Kiefer had changed her mind about the adoption."
Authorities issued an Amber Alert to help find the baby. It was the second successful use of an alert in a week and just the fourth use of an Amber Alert in Mississippi since the program started in 2002.
The alert said the suspects fled with the baby in a gold Dodge Sunfire and were possibly headed to Georgia. Authorities initially thought there was no connection between the family and the kidnappers, but later began looking for Kiefer as their investigation developed.
Pack said authorities are still trying to develop leads on the man involved in the kidnapping and don't yet have the suspect's name.
Kiefer and Swann will be transferred to the Cumberland County jail this morning and face federal kidnapping charges in either Mississippi or North Carolina early this week, Pack said.
Authorities aren't sure of Kiefer and Swann's connection to Fort Bragg yet. A call to the Fort Bragg public affairs office was not immediately returned.
A 5-year-old boy was also at the base residence when Kiefer and Swann were arrested. Pack said he also was Kiefer's child.
Authorities across several states helped look for the child after the Amber Alert was issued around 4 p.m. Saturday. Pack said about 45 state and local law enforcement members in Mississippi and 10 agents from four offices participated in the search in addition to the help from the Charlotte FBI office and the Fort Bragg criminal investigation division.
"It is very successful and we could not have done it without the help of local and state law enforcement," Pack said.

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