Missing twins: A missing kidnapped baby was found in the back seat of a stolen car hours after the suspect was arrested



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Two Indianapolis police officers had spent the day searching in vain for a missing baby in a stolen vehicle when they stopped to eat and gather their wits.

A woman suspected of stealing the black 2010 Honda Accord had been taken into custody earlier that day, December 22, but the vehicle was still missing. More urgently, baby Kason Thomass, who was in the car with his twin Kyair Thomass when it was stolen three days earlier in Columbus, Ohio, had yet to be found.

“It was time for us to decompress because we were disappointed that we couldn’t find him,” Sgt. Shawn Anderson of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told CNN affiliate WISH-TV. “And then God opened up the heavens to us and almost took it and put it right in our hands.”

At the same time officers stopped eating, two women also became hungry while searching for the same baby, they told the Indianapolis Star.

Indianapolis resident Shyann Delmar and her cousin Mecka Curry told the newspaper they have been following their own trail of leads to the missing baby since Wednesday.

According to the star, Delmar’s interest in the case began Tuesday when she had an interaction with a woman who she and Curry believed looked like the suspect in the kidnapping.

The cousins ​​arranged to meet the woman Thursday and helped guide police to her location, they told the star, and the woman was taken into custody. Police announced the arrest of kidnapping suspect Nalah Jackson that same afternoon. CNN reached out to the Indianapolis Police Department to verify that the woman the cousins ​​only knew as “Mae” was actually Jackson.

The suspect, Nalah Jackson, 24, was awaiting extradition to Columbus, where she faces two counts of kidnapping. An arrest warrant has been filed for Jackson in Franklin County Court, according to an online listing. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has also charged Jackson with a battery of bodily waste, online court filings show.

It’s unclear if Jackson has an attorney.

On the night of December 19, Kason and Kyair Thomass were left in the running car while their mother was picking up a DoorDash order in Columbus. When she returned, the car was gone along with the twins, according to Columbus Police Department.

Kyair was found abandoned near Dayton International Airport in the early hours of December 20, police said. But it would be days before Kason was found in Indianapolis — about 175 miles from where he was.

And even after Jackson’s arrest, Kason had not been found.

The cousins ​​told the star that based on a bus timetable the woman left in her car, they decided to follow the bus route to look for cars buried in the snow.

There, in front of a Papa John’s, was the stolen car with a baby in it, the newspaper reported.

The cousins ​​told the newspaper they sighted the officers nearby and stopped them.

CNN has reached Indianapolis and the Columbus Police Department is trying to reach Delmar and Curry. The Indianapolis Star reported that police radio traffic, social media posts and agency releases match what Delmar and Curry told them.

In a tweet, Indianapolis police “thanked everyone who helped find Kason,” but didn’t specifically mention Delmar or Curry.

“When we found him he was cold, right, but he was awake, he was breathing, he was moving a little bit,” El said in an interview with WBNS-TV. “His eyes were wide open and just trying to take in everything.”

Kason’s family said he was doing well given the circumstances, the broadcaster reported. LaFonda Thomass, the twins’ grandmother, said she was overwhelmed by the discovery.

“This is going to be the best Christmas ever,” she told WBNS-TV. “I’m super excited. It’s a miracle.”

This story has been updated with additional details from the Indianapolis Star report.

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