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5-month-old twin baby found safe after mother's car was recently stolen

5-month-old babies kidnapped in stolen car in Columbus found in Indianapolis
Posted at 8:17 AM, Dec 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-22 21:16:49-05

Police in Columbus, Ohio have confirmed that a missing child was found alive and safe near a pizza restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana, over 200 miles away from where he went missing after his mother's car was stolen in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, WEWS reported.

Police said the baby was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The stolen vehicle, a Honda Accord, was found, and the baby was rescued wearing the same clothes he had on when the vehicle was taken.

24-year-old Nalah Jackson was arrested in Indianapolis in connection to the case. Police said she was found with the help of tips from the public.

Authorities in Ohio had been searching for days for five-month-old Kason Thomas.

Police believe Jackson stole the vehicle while the children's mother was inside a Columbus restaurant picking up a food order.

"She turned her back. She looked around and the car was gone," LaFonda Thomas, the boys' paternal grandmother told Scripps TV station WEWS.

The other boy was located Wednesday morning at a Dayton, Ohio airport, authorities said.

Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant pleaded with Jackson to return Kason during a press conference on Tuesday.

"You've already shown you can do the right thing," she said. "You can return him to any safe location, fire department, hospital, shopping center, any public place where the public will find the baby."

Investigators said they didn't believe there was any indication that Jackson knew the children or their mother before the vehicle was stole with them inside.

Authorities admitted that there were administrative delays that caused an Amber Alert to go out later than they would have hoped.

"I'm not going to hide it. I'm not going to sugarcoat that, but that doesn't mean the team wasn't doing the work," Bryan said.

A chief added that an investigation would be conducted to determine why there was a lapse in communication at the executive level.