A woman from Ohio has admitted to kidnapping charges for hijacking a vehicle containing 5-month-old twins in December 2022, authorities revealed.
Nalah T. Jackson, 25, entered a guilty plea on Wednesday to two counts of kidnapping a minor and has consented to a 20-year prison term for her offenses, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Ohio.
On December 19, 2022, Jackson absconded with a car carrying two infants securely fastened in the back seat, officials reported.
The twin boys – Kyair Thomas and Kason Thomas – were left in the vehicle with the engine running outside a pizza shop in Columbus, Ohio, while their mother collected a delivery order inside the store.
Jackson proceeded to drive to “various locations” with the infants before abandoning one of them – Kyair – in the parking lot of Dayton International Airport early the following morning, as per the statement.
The child was rescued after a passerby alerted authorities.
Subsequently, Jackson drove to Indianapolis, Indiana, with Kason. She was peddling stolen merchandise outside a gas station when she encountered a woman who was unaware of Jackson’s criminal actions and extended assistance, according to the statement.
The woman later discovered through social media that Jackson was wanted for abducting the twins.
Assisted by her cousin, the woman guided law enforcement to Jackson three days after the kidnapping. Both women aided in the police operation to rescue Kason, who was found inside the stolen vehicle, authorities confirmed.
Following his rescue, Kason underwent a series of medical treatments for dehydration, heart abnormalities resulting from dehydration, severe diaper rash, and skin degradation due to prolonged confinement in a car seat, exposed to his own waste, as stated in the report.
Just over a month after the abduction and subsequent rescues, Kyair tragically passed away, police disclosed, as reported by The Columbus Dispatch at the time. The coroner’s office later determined that he died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome after being left “face down” on a bed “with excess bedding and pillows.” The manner of his death was classified as undetermined.
Jackson had a prior history of offenses against children before the kidnapping, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
In 2021, she faced charges of child endangerment after her 11-month-old daughter fell down a flight of stairs. Jackson pleaded guilty and received a 13-day prison sentence along with two years of probation.
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