A Hallsville woman was taken into custody on Wednesday after she was accused of kidnapping a 4-year-old child later found unharmed in Longview, according to the authorities. The woman was also allegedly intending to complete the sale of her own two children for unclear reasons.
What are the details?
The authorities have identified Lindsey Mariah Kelley, 23, of Hallsville, as the suspect in the kidnapping that took place on Tuesday, at about 10:30 p.m., at a house close to Hallsville. The caller who reported the incident said the child had been taken and specified that Kelley was the one who had done it.
While the officers were gathering data for an Amber Alert, they received a tip that the woman had gone to Longview. Unfortunately, no address was given.
The deputies acted swiftly and checked several addresses and they eventually found Kelley with the kidnapped child and her two children early Wednesday. They were all unharmed.
A witness has since come forward and stated for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office that the woman was planning to sell her own two kids, as pointed out by The Star Telegram. It’s not clear why the woman was contemplating such an idea.
A man who was at the woman’s residence when the officials got there is also being investigated for child endangerment, as stated by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in a news release.
“It’s a good feeling when any law enforcement agency can safely return a child in this type of situation,” the statement said.
Even though all three kids were safe, the deputies noted that there were drugs all over the Longview house and needles within reach of the three children.