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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.

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Police have identified the mother of a 2-year-old boy found abandoned at a Mississippi Goodwill donation center with only a note and a change of clothes.

NBC News reports a man connected with the case was arrested by Memphis police on Monday afternoon.

Antoinette Smith claims a man who tried to pimp her out for cash kidnapped her son, Sergio, according to a Facebook Live interview she gave over the phone to a Memphis activist.

Smith said she traveled from Memphis to Nashville with a "male acquaintance," leaving her son behind in Memphis with a woman whom she believed was the man's sister.

Smith said the man later revealed that his "sister" was actually his girlfriend.

"If I knew that, I wouldn't have left my baby like that," Smith said. She claims the man then left her at a Nashville store after she refused his demand to turn tricks for him.

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The Southaven Police Department circulated a still image from a surveillance video that shows a disguised man dropping the boy off at the Goodwill center.

Surveillance footage also showed a woman in a red vehicle with the man.

According to an employee at the Goodwill center, the man said the boy's mother couldn't care for him any longer. The employee called police when the man left the premises.

The man left a bag with the boy that contained a note and a change of clothing. The note read: "Child abandoned... no phone number for mom."

The child is in the custody of Child Protective Services until the mother arrives to pick him up.

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Colorado Springs police arrested the chatty stepmother of Gannon Staunch exactly 5 months after the 11-year-old boy went missing.

Gannon's stepmother Leticia Stauch was arrested in South Carolina on Monday, Colorado authorities confirmed.

The charges include child abuse resulting in death, tampering with a body, and tampering with physical evidence.

"As you can see by the arrest, we no longer believe Gannon is alive," Lt. Mitch Mihalko said at a press conference on Monday. Police have not recovered Gannon's body. They will continue searching the El Paso area for Gannon's body. The search can take weeks or months.

Stauch told police the boy went missing after he walked over to a friend's house on Jan. 27. Stauch told police she last saw Gannon at 3:15 p.m. that day.

Stauch gave numerous television interviews, complaining that Gannon's biological mother was living in her house with her husband. She said she couldn't go home while her husband's ex-wife was there.

Gannon's supporters observed that Stauch was enjoying the attention from the media.

Stauch told reporters she believed Gannon had been abducted. But a neighbor's surveillance video showed Gannon getting into Stauch's pickup truck on the day he went missing.

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The surveillance video is very dark, but if you look closely you can see Gannon at the 1:30 mark getting in at the rear driver's side door. Then at the 1:39 mark Stauch (wearing a white cap) is seen getting into the truck and driving off.

The video shows Stauch returning to the home alone about an hour later. At the 6:35 mark she is seen exiting the truck alone. She appears to be carrying a white towel.

"Justice will be served because my boy does not deserve this," said Gannon's biological mother Landen Hiott.

Gannon's father, Albert Stauch, said in a statement read aloud at the press conference, "The person who committed this heinous, horrible crime is one that I gave more to anyone else on this planet, and that is a burden that I will carry with me for a very long time."
 

 

 

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Police in Fort Worth, Texas released dramatic body cam photos of the moment they rescued an 8 year old girl from a pedophile who snatched her off the street in broad daylight.

Video footage from a doorbell Ring camera shows the moment the girl was snatched from her mother's arms by 51-year-old Michael Webb.

The girl, who is not identified because she is the victim of a sex assault, was walking with her mother in a Fort Worth, Texas neighborhood in May, when Webb drove alongside them, exited the vehicle, and snatched the child.

The frantic mother fought with Webb but he managed to overpower her and take the girl. The mother's screams were captured on a Ring doorbell. "Help me! Help me! Please! My daughter just got kidnapped!"

The woman's screams brought neighbors out of their homes. Witnesses were able to give police a good description of the kidnapper's vehicle.

8 hours later, police and tactical SWAT teams surrounded a hotel where Webb was staying with the child. He hid her in a large hotel laundry basket and warned her not to make a sound.

Police body cam video shows the moment police dragged the naked kidnapper out of the hotel room and rescued the little girl.

"When they find her, you hear how just emotional it is for everyone. They are just so happy and relieved that they have her," said Erin Nealy Cox, US attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Webb broke down in tears when he told investigators he scoped out the neighborhood before making his move. "I scoped it out pretty good... I know I missed somebody because, when I pushed the woman and grabbed her, I heard somebody screaming," said Webb.

He was convicted in September and sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 14. He also faces sexual assault charges in a separate case in Tarrant County.
 

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The mother of missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams has stopped cooperating with the police investigation into her disappearance.

Authorities say Taylor was last seen alive when her mother, Brianna Williams, put her to bed in her Jacksonville home around midnight on Tuesday. Brianna told police that when she woke up the next day, she noted Taylor was gone and the back door was unlocked.

A car that was parked in the home's driveway was towed to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to be searched for evidence, according to 11 Alive News.

Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants. Brianna Williams phoned 911 to report Taylor missing, but she has since stopped cooperating with Florida authorities, according to NBC News.

Police say Brianna, a Navy petty officer, stopped cooperating after they noticed inconsistencies in her story.

"Yesterday we were talking to her about some inconsistencies in her statement and that's when she chose to stop cooperating with us," Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told reporters on Thursday.

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Sheriff Williams, who is not related to the family, said Brianna is not considered a suspect at this time, according to NBC News.

"We remain hopeful that we'll find Taylor," he added. "We're not going to stop on our efforts to locate her and there's not one scenario or theory that we're not exploring and every possibility is being looked at."

Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

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Birmingham police have recovered the body of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney in a dumpster. The little girl, affectionately known as "Cupcake" disappeared after attending a birthday party at a housing project on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Birmingham police and FBI agents found the body in a dumpster on Tuesday, Oct 22, Al.com reports.

"We found the remains of a child that we believe to be Kamille," said Police Chief Patrick Smith on Tuesday.

"This is a tough moment for this city. This is a tough moment for this family," said Mayor Randall Woodfin.

"More than ever, this family needs us all," Woodfin said. "So tonight, we mourn as one."

Police released surveillance footage on Friday that shows a man approach Kamille as she played in the front yard of a residence at the Tom Brown Village housing project around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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The man was positively identified as Patrick Stallworth, 39, who was arrested last week with his girlfriend, 29-year-old Derick Irisha Brown.

Police plan to charge Stallworth and Brown with capital murder and kidnapping in Kamille's death, said Smith.

"We believe that this was something they thought about and acted upon and they saw an opportunity to take a young child, and they did," Woodfin said Tuesday. "At this moment that we're standing in, I ask one thing of this community: not to take sides and not to finger point. But if there is any finger pointing to do it is only at the perpetrator, who would kidnap an innocent 3-year-old."

Stallworth was released from police custody after posting $500,000 bond last week. Police had hoped he would lead them to the child's body. He was re-arrested on Tuesday night. Brown is still being held without bond on unrelated charges of kidnapping her own children.

Stallworth owned a Toyota Sequoia similar to the one a witness saw fleeing the scene after a man snatched Kamille off the street.

He was charged with multiple counts of possessing child pornography on his cell phone with intent to distribute.

Kamille's mother did not give interviews at the request of the police, Smith said.

"We did not see the benefit of throwing the mother in front of the camera," Smith said.

Kamille's father, Dominic, was very vocal while his daughter was missing.

He said she would never get in the car with a stranger.

"She's not no little girl that's going to go get in the back. She's not friendly like that," Dominic said.

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Actress Kristen Bell showed her support for 3-year-old Kamille McKinney who vanished from a Birmingham, AL housing project after attending a birthday party on Oct. 12.

The 39-year-old "Gossip Girl" star posted a photo of Kamille on her Instagram story. She asked her followers to keep an eye out for the child known affectionately as "Cupcake".

"Spread the word, Blavity fam! [sic] Let's help bring Cupcake home," Bell captioned the photo. She included an emoji of Black praying hands.

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Police released surveillance footage on Friday that shows a man approach Kamille as she played in the front yard of a residence at the Tom Brown Village housing project around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Kamille was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows. She was not wearing shoes. She is 3 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds.

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The man is a suspect in Kamille's disappearance. He has been identified by police but his identity has not been released.

Police conducted a grid search in a 2 mile area just north of Springville Road near Huffman Road. The area is frequented by the suspect seen in the surveillance footage.

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A witness saw a man pull Kamille into a dark Toyota Sequoia SUV on the night she disappeared. Kamille's father, Dominic, said Kamille probably knows the person who took her. He said she would never get in the car with a stranger.

"She's not no little girl that's going to go get in the back. She's not friendly like that," Dominic said.

The FBI has expanded the search for Kamille across state lines into Georgia.

Anyone with information on Kamille's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777 or contact the FBI's Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or the Birmingham Police Department’s South Precinct at 205-254-2793.

There is a $33,000 reward. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Birmingham police have released new surveillance video from the night Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney was kidnapped, Al.com reports.

The video was captured by a surveillance camera positioned about a block away from where 3-year-old Kamille and another child played outside a public housing project on Oct. 12.

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The video shows one man walk by the children without stopping. A second man, who has a distinctive limp, walks by and the children are seen leaving with him.

The video has no sound and police say the timestamp is incorrect. Kamille was abducted between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. A witness saw a man pull Kamille into a blue Toyota Sequoia SUV that sped away.

Police later located the vehicle that was owned by one of two persons of interest who were detained in the case.

 

Police say the man with the limp is a suspect in the case. They declined to say if the man is in custody.

"Through our investigation and through statements, we've pretty much been able to identify the children and the second gentleman," Police Chief Patrick Smith said on Friday. "What we're trying to do is close the loop on the third individual in the video who was the first one who walks by as the children are playing."

He added: "We want to see if he has additional information or if he saw something that night that may be critical in this investigation."

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A person of interest in the case, Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, of Birmingham, was detained briefly and released on $500,000 bond.

Stallwort was charged with 4 counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute after images were found on his cell phone.

His girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown, 29, also of Birmingham, is being held with no bond on unrelated charges of kidnapping her three children.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $33,000 reward for information in the case.