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Stranger abduction is every parent's worst nightmare. One Dallas father lived that nightmare after his daughter went missing from a Dallas Mavericks NBA game last month.

The father reported his daughter missing to security after she left her seat to use the restroom and never returned.

The family said Dallas police failed to act after surveillance footage showed the girl leaving the American Airline Center with two men on April 8.

The unidentified teenager's father was told by police to go home. The family's attorney said the police did nothing to track down the girl.

Dallas police cited a Texas family law that treats missing teenagers as runaways unless there is evidence of an abduction.

Six days after the girl went missing, the family contacted the Texas Counter-Trafficking nonprofit group, which discovered photos of the girl on a prostitution website and contacted Oklahoma City Police.

Oklahoma City police tracked the girl to an Extended American Hotel in Oklahoma City, about 200 miles from where she was abducted.

Police found the girl in a room with ringleader Kenneth Nelson. Eight people were taken into custody, including Nelson who was charged with human trafficking and distributing porn.

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Karen Gonzales was charged with human trafficking and porn distribution for taking photos of the girl and posting the images on a prostitution website.

"There were several people involved with not only this girl, but others," said Oklahoma City Police Department spokesperson Gary Knight.

Knight seemed to take a jab at the Dallas Police Department when he said, "We did everything we could to find this girl."

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Update: San Jose police have located three-month-old Brandon Alexis Cuellar alive and well. He has been reunited with his mother. Three suspects are in custody. Police said the suspects are known to the family.
 
Originally published on: Apr 26, 2022 at 11:49

Police in San Jose, California are searching for a man who kidnapped a 3-month-old baby while his grandmother was unloading groceries from her car.

Police say the man entered an apartment while the grandmother was outside and abducted the infant on Monday afternoon.

Surveillance video shows a man walking down a sidewalk holding a baby carrier covered by a white blanket around 1 p.m. Monday.

The baby is identified as Brandon Cuellar. His mother was at work at the time of the abduction. The baby's father is incarcerated.

The grandmother had just placed Brandon's carrier inside the apartment and went outside to unload groceries from a car.

"In that short amount of time, someone entered the apartment ... and left with the baby," said San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo during an afternoon press conference.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has joined in the hunt for the unidentified man. Kidnapping is a federal crime.

The FBI was seen going door-to-door to locate surveillance video or potential witnesses who may have seen the man loitering outside.

The California Highway Patrol released a photo of the suspect vehicle, a 2011 silver Nissan Quest with the license plate 7HWF353.

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Indiana State PD

A suspect has been charged in the murder of a Wheeling, Illinois mother whose 1-year-old daughter was found dead in a pond in Indiana.

Ahmeel Fowler, 26, of Pingree Grove, was arrested Wednesday evening in Springfield, Missouri at the request of Wheeling authorities.

Fowler is charged in the murder of 21-year-old Ja'nya Murphy, whose body was found in her Wheeling apartment on Tuesday night. Her 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn "Angel" Dobbs, was not in the apartment.

Murphy's cause of death is strangulation, according to Wheeling police.

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Police believed Jaclyn was in a maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan with Illinois license plates. The minivan was found abandoned in western Missouri.

Divers recovered Jaclyn's body in a retention pond in Hammond, Indiana on Thursday, according to authorities. A construction crew spotted the body floating in the pond and called 911.

The fire department responded to the 911 call, "and they went immediately into the water and recovered the body," Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said.

Fowler has not been charged in Jaclyn's death.

Wheeling police said Fowler was in a "previous relationship with Ms. Murphy" but he is not Jaclyn's father.

Police say a man identified as Fowler was last seen with Murphy and Jaclyn at a shopping mall on Monday, Nov. 8.

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The search for 1-year-old Blaise Barnett has ended. 11 Alive News reports the toddler was found safe at a home less than a mile from where he went missing early Wednesday morning.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed Blaise was found safe more than 24 hours after he was taken in the family's stolen SUV.

A woman in a home on Rogers Street called police to say she saw the baby in her car outside her home in Clarkston.

She did not know how the 1-year-old got inside her car and she didn't say if she left her car doors unlocked.

A GBI spokesperson was seen carrying the crying baby outside the home on Thursday, 11 Alive News reports.

The baby's parents said they were unloading groceries from their 2002 Ford Explorer around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. They returned to find someone had driven off with the SUV and the baby inside.

Police located the SUV abandoned behind a vacant apartment complex about a mile away from the family's residence in Clarkston. There was no sign of the baby or his car seat inside.

No arrests have been made in the case.
 

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A vehicle connected to missing 1-year-old Jaclyn "Angel" Dobbs was found abandoned in Missouri, 2 days after her mother was murdered.

The toddler was reported missing Tuesday, Nov. 9, after police discovered the body of 21-year-old Ja'nya Murphy in her Wheeling, Illinois apartment.

Police conducted a welfare check on Murphy after she failed to show up to work Tuesday or contact her family. The family said they last heard from Murphy on Monday.

Murphy's body was discovered late Tuesday night when officers climbed onto a balcony and entered her home at the Hunt Club Apartments at 356 Inland Drive.

There was no sign of forced entry, and Murphy's 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn, was missing, according to Deputy Police Chief Al Steffen.

Police believe Murphy was targeted and her murder is not a random crime.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for Jaclyn. She was believed to be in a maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan.

The SUV was found abandoned in Missouri, but the toddler was not in the vehicle, police said.
 

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Clayton County PD

A 3-year-old boy who was abducted at gunpoint by his noncustodial father was returned home safely on Thursday.

Police say Kashief Brooks, 17, kidnapped 3-year-old son J'Shawn Winn following an argument with the boy's mother in College Park, Georgia on Tuesday.

Officers arrived at the home on Tigris Court just after 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9, but Brooks and the boy were gone.

While Brooks is J'Shawn's father, police said he does not have permission to take him.

A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued by Clayton County police, who got in touch with Brooks via his cell phone. Brooks agreed to return the boy to his mother after the BOLO was issued.

J'Shawn was returned safely to his home early Thursday, but Brooks is still at large. There is a warrant out for his arrest.

Brooks faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.

Anyone with information on Brooks' whereabouts is asked to call Clayton police at 770-477-3550.

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The search continues for 1-year-old Blaise Barnett who was allegedly abducted in an SUV from a Clarkston apartment complex on Montreal Road at 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The grey 2002 Ford Explorer was allegedly stolen while Blaise's parents unloaded bags in front of a Clarkston apartment complex at 1000 Montreal Road.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued hours later for Blaise, who was wrapped in a blanket while wearing a black shirt and a diaper with no pants or coat on a chilly night in northeast Georgia.

Blaise's parents calmly explained they carried a 3-year-old nephew and some "bags" into the apartment while leaving Blaise sleeping inside the running SUV.

When they returned for their son, Blaise and the SUV were gone.

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The SUV was found abandoned a few miles away at a vacant apartment complex in Clarkston around noon Wednesday. There was no sign of Blaise or his car seat inside the SUV, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

The family passed out flyers and held a vigil for the child's safe return on Wednesday night.

"I'm covered in emotions. I'm sad. I'm mad. I'm angry. I'm hurt," the boy's mother Deonna Bray told the crowd.

"I've never been away from him like this where it's like I don't know where he's at... so I'm hurt."

"Bring him home. He is no harm," she said earlier in the day. "He is the sweetest boy in the world and if he is crying it's because he is not with me. He is going to keep crying 'til he gets with me."

Late Wednesday night, Bray had another message for whoever took Blaise.

"If he's cold, just keep him warm. I know he's crying right now. Don't get upset at the crying. He’s just a baby. He doesn't know what's going on. He doesn't know who you are. Don't get irritated. I beg you."

"This is now a nationwide search," Clarkston police Chief Christine Hudson told reporters, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Dolores Diaz Lopez sprang into action after a man snatched her 5-year-old son off a New York City street.

The NYPD released surveillance footage of the failed abduction attempt.

The child was running steps ahead of his mother and siblings when a man sitting in a nearby car snatched him and threw him into the backseat.

Lopez tried to grab her son as she and her children ran to the car and tried to ppen the door. and pulled her son through the open window as the suspect attempted to drive off with the boy.

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On Friday, police arrested James McGonagle, 24, of Queens, the NYPD tells PEOPLE in an email.

He is charged with attempted kidnapping, reckless endangerment, and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, the NYPD says.

Police say an unidentified man in the passenger seat is still at large. He is described as a white middle-aged man with a bald head.

Lopez, 45, told ABC 7 Eyewitness News she was on her way to visit her husband at work with her children when McGonagle tried to abduct her son, Jacob.

"I said, 'Oh my God my kids, oh my God my boy,'" Diaz Lopez told ABC7.

She said the car door was locked when she tried to open it.

But her son stood up in the car, enabling her to yank him out of the window to safety, she told ABC7.

McGonagle and the other suspect sped off before she could look at the license plate number.

Lopez said she was prepared to take quick action to save her son.

"You have to do what's necessary, no matter what," she told ABC 7. "The car was just parked there. I would never have imagined that a man would get out of the car and grab my son."
 

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The Texas teenager who allegedly kidnapped and fatally stabbed a 4-year-old boy has been charged with capital murder.

Cash Gernon's body was found on a residential street around 6 a.m. on May 15. Prosecutors say Darriynn Brown kidnapped Cash from his bed and stabbed him to death with an "edged weapon."

Cash and his twin brother, Carter, were in the care of their father's ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, when he was snatched.

Surveillance footage from a baby monitor shows a man who resembles Brown carrying Cash out of the house.

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The Dallas Police Department upgraded Brown's charges to capital murder after forensic evidence linked him to the child.

"Evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking Darriynn Brown to Cash Gernon at the time of his death," said a statement issued by the Dallas PD.

Brown, 18, reportedly interacted with Cash at Sherrod's home in the days before the murder and was familiar with the family.

A neighbor identified Brown as the same man who broke into his home, attacked him and attempted to kidnap his 2-year-old granddaughter in a separate incident in February.

Brown is charged with burglary and injury to the elderly in that case.

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The suspect accused of snatching 4-year-old Cash Gernon from his bed and stabbing him to death says he is not the man seen in video footage in the boy's room.

A jogger found the boy lying dead in the street on the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, May 15.

A coroner determined the boy had been stabbed multiple times.

Darriynn Brown, 18, was arrested later that day and charged with kidnapping and burglary. Injury to a child was added to his list of charges.

Cash and his twin brother were staying at the home of their father's ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, about eight blocks away from where his body was found.

Sherrod identified Brown in the video surveillance footage. However, Heath Harris, Brown's defense attorney, says the man seen kidnapping Cash and returning 2 hours later to comfort his twin brother is not Brown.

"The world is basically prejudicing this whole community by saying, 'That's him,'" Harris told The Dallas Morning News.

He said, even if the man in the video was Brown, that doesn't mean his client is a killer.

Since Brown's arrest, a neighbor of Sherrod's told police Brown broke into his home, assaulted him and attempted to kidnap his 2-year-old granddaughter in February.

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The man said he didn't press charges at the time because Sherrod (pictured) asked him not to. He said Sherrod told him Brown was staying with her and that he had had a mental episode.

Sherrod originally told police that Brown was a friend of her eldest son. But her son told investigators he knew Brown from high school and they weren't friends.

Brown is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $1.625 million bail.
 

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The teenager suspected of abducting and killing 4-year-old Cash Gernon in Dallas, allegedly grabbed another child months earlier. But a grandfather's forgiveness allowed Darriynn Brown, 18, to escape punishment for that earlier crime.

According to the NY Post, Brown barged into a Dallas home and tried to kidnap a 3-year-old child in February. However, the child's grandfather declined to press charges.

The incident occurred on February 8, when Brown broke into a home and was caught by the homeowner who chased him with a kitchen knife.

Brown then returned to the man's home, kicked in the garage door and began punching the older man in the head -- before grabbing the homeowner's 2-year-old granddaughter as she slept, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by KTVT.

The grandfather wrestled the crying toddler away from Brown who fled the home.

The grandfather told police he did not want to press charges at the time. He saw Brown weeks later at a Walmart and the teen apologized, the station reported.

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Three days after Cash Gernon was found dead on a Dallas street while wearing only pajama shorts, the older man met with child abuse detectives to say he wanted to press charges for the Feb. 8 incident, KTVT reports.

Brown remains in the Dallas County Jail on $1.6 million bail. He is charged with kidnapping, burglary, and injury to a child in the Cash Gernon case.

A capital murder charge is expected pending the results of forensic evidence.

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The father of a Dallas woman who cared for Cash Gernon and his twin brother says the boy was raped and stabbed by his abductor.

Darriynn Brown, 18, is accused of kidnapping 4-year-old Cash as the boy slept in a toddler bed with his twin brother, Carter, on May 15.

Police say Brown broke into a home through an unlocked garage door at 5 a.m. He is seen on surveillance video lingering over the bed for minutes before snatching Cash and running out of the house.

A woman jogging through the neighborhood at 6:40 a.m. spotted Cash lying in a pool of blood on a residential street and called 911.

Brown returned to the house 2 hours later to abduct Cash's brother, Carter, but he was spooked and fled without the boy.

Monica Sherrod, who was caring for the twins, told police their father left the boys at her Dallas home in March after they broke up.

She said Brown was a friend of her eldest son. However, the son told police he and Brown attended the same high school but they weren't friends.

Sherrod reportedly warned Brown, "Don't come around my kids" -- referring to her three teenage sons who lived in the home.

Sherrod waited until 11 a.m. Saturday to notify police that Cash was missing.

In a Facebook posts on May 16 and 17, Sherrod's father, Kurt Pinkerton, provided disturbing details about Cash's abduction and murder. He said Brown raped and stabbed Cash -- and the shocking crime was recorded on a friend's cellphone.

The friend, also 18, reportedly turned the cellphone recording over to police.

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Brown is charged with kidnapping and burglary -- but not rape or murder -- as police continue to review the disturbing evidence.

The twins' biological mother had been looking for her sons for an "extended period of time", according to police. She believed her sons were still with their father. The biological mom has been reunited with Cash's brother.
 

 

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Miami-Dade PD

A 43-year-old Miami man has been arrested by police in connection with the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old boy.

Aliex Santiesteban was arrested on Monday night in Miami's Overtown neighborhood. He was charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and attempted murder.

He is being held in the Miami-Dade jail without bond, NBC Miami reported.

Police say the Hispanic boy was abducted off the street around 2 a.m. Saturday on 43rd Terrace and 30th Avenue.

The boy was walking down the street when a man pulled up alongside him, forced him into a vehicle, and drove him to an empty lot near Northwest 45th Street and 31st Avenue, where he was sexually assaulted in the back seat of the car.

Santiesteban allegedly shot the boy and pushed him out of the vehicle, WPLG Local News 10 reported.

A bystander heard the boy's screams and took him to a nearby convenience store where an employee called 911.

Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta told reporters the child car door locks had been activated, blocking the boy's escape.

Unbeknownst to his parents, the boy apparently snuck out of his house, and had arranged pillows on his bed to give the appearance he was asleep. He was on his way back home from his friend's house when he was abducted.

He is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, according to NBC Miami.

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A 12-year-old Miami boy is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center after he was abducted, raped and shot in the head by a Hispanic male.

Miami police say the Hispanic boy was abducted off the street around 2 a.m. Saturday in the Brownsville neighborhood of Northwest Miami-Dade County.

The boy was walking down a street when a man pulled up alongside him, forced him into a vehicle, sexually assaulted him, shot him and then pushed him out of the vehicle, WPLG Local News 10 reported.

A bystander heard the boy's screams and took him to a nearby convenience store where an employee called 911.

Local News 10 talked to the Good Samaritan who asked to be identified only as Johnny. He said he was on his bicycle when he heard the boy screaming for help.

Johnny accompanied the child to the Foodland Market at NW 47th Street and 32nd Avenue, where the boy collapsed on the ground.

Johnny, who said he didn't have a phone, noticed the boy was bleeding from a head wound. The boy told him he had been shot.

The child was wearing only a blue t-shirt, blood-stained underwear and socks.

Police are searching for a Hispanic male with long curly hair, about 30 to 40 years old, driving a black sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.
 

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Atlanta police are asking the public for help identifying the person who shot a 12-year-old boy and left his body in the woods.

David Mack was found in a wooded area about a quarter mile from his home in Southwest Atlanta on Feb. 9.

His family reported him missing the day before, when he failed to return home after going to play football with friends.

Emergency responders found David unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"He was not alert, not conscious or breathing and was confirmed deceased by Grady EMS," the Atlanta Police Department said in a release.

According to a police report obtained by WSB-TV, David's grandmother reported him missing at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday, after driving around the neighborhood looking for him. She gave police the name of a boy he said he was meeting.

Police canvassed the neighborhood searching for David. Calls to his cell phone went unanswered, according to AJC.com.

David's grandmother believes he was on his way home when he was killed.

"I have a lot of questions," she said, fighting back tears.

The police report indicated police did not suspect foul play in his disappearance. The officer assumed he would return home, though the officer did notify the Georgia Crime Information Center to add his name to the system as missing.

A $5,000 reward has been offered by Crime Stoppers for any information leading to an arrest.

A GoFundMe created by the family to help with his funeral expenses raised nearly $19,000.