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Kidnapped 89-Year-Old to Captors: 'You Got to Be Kind to Other People'

ABC News(MILFORD, Del.) -- An 89-year-old woman who spent two days locked in her car trunk thinking she'd never be found has a message for her teen captors.

"You got to be kind to other people if you want somebody to be kind to you," Margaret Smith said.

The 4-foot-11 octangenerian's story began with an act of kindness on March 18.

Smith had stopped at the Chicken Man Convenience Store in Milford, DelAWARE for a Butter Pecan ice cream cone when two teenage girls approached her and asked for a ride across town.

"I decided not to, then I said, 'Well, a good deed,'" Smith said.

After driving around for a while, Smith said the girls snatched her car keys and stuffed her in the trunk of her Buick.

"The way they drove off flying, I didn't think nobody would ever find me," she said. "I just had to pray about and hope that I'd be found."

Smith spent the next two days crammed in the trunk, without food, water and her blood pressure medication. She said the only time the girls opened the trunk was to rob her of the cash she was carrying.

"I was very tired, cold, hungry, scared," Smith said. "I didn't know what to expect."
After spending 48 hours locked in her trunk, Smith's kidnappers inexplicably decided to dump her in a remote cemetery.

"I was crawling through the cemetery on hands and knees," Smith said. "Nothing but a pair of stockings on, no jacket...Finally somebody found me. I don't know who."

Smith was taken to a local hospital, where her family, who had reported her missing, received a call that she was safe.

Delaware State Police found Smith's car days later and arrested and charged five teenagers inside. All are believed to have some involvement in the kidnapping, robbery and theft, ABC News' Philadelphia affiliate WPVI reported.

Four of the teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, are being charged as adults, while a fifth faces receiving stolen property and conspiracy charges as a minor.

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$75,000 Reward Offered in Philadelphia School Kidnapping

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- After a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped from a Philadelphia school and assaulted earlier this week, community leaders banded together to offer a $75,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible.

According to police, the child was taken from her school Monday morning by a woman wearing Muslim garb and calling herself either "Tiffany" or "Rashida."

The girl was then taken to a house in the area where she was blindfolded and assaulted. The child was discovered early the next morning, when a passerby named Nelson Mandela Myers discovered her crying on a playground wearing only a t-shirt.

"She said she was cold and that somebody was chasing her and she ran," Myers told ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

The child was admitted and then released from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after she was found.

In a joint press conference Friday, community leaders and law enforcement officials aimed to draw attention to the case by offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

The largest single contribution came from the office of State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, who raised $30,000 for the reward.

"I will work night and day from now until the time this person's condemned to hell," Williams said.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's office donated $10,000 to the reward.

"It's gutless, it's heartless, it's inhumane. We will find you, we'll do whatever it takes," Nutter said of the perpetrators.

The U.S. Marshals and the FBI have already started to aid the Philadelphia police with their investigation.

Officials are looking for both the woman who took the child from school and a male suspect who was at the house where the child was taken. Officials say they believe the girl was taken only a few blocks from the school and officers joined by police cadets have been canvassing the area. However, no suspects have been named.

"That neighborhood should not, cannot return to normal, until someone and we know someone out there knows who perpetrated this crime," said Capt. John Darby, Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit.

Additionally the security lapses that allowed the girl to leave her school with a stranger will be investigated, according to the Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite.

"We are going to deal with the individuals responsible for this breach," Hite told WPVI-TV. "There were procedural breakdowns in this school."

The substitute teacher who let the girl leave with the unidentified woman, and a non-teaching assistant who worked at the security desk have both been put on leave.

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Dad Kidnapped Kids, Stole Yacht, Cops Say

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) -- Two young children are safe now after their father allegedly took them from their mother's home and attempted to flee in a stolen yacht.

Christopher Maffei, of South San Francisco, allegedly took his children from their mother's home Sept. 4 while the woman, Jennifer Hipon, was in a Redwood City court filing a restraining order, South San Francisco police Sgt. Bruce Phillips said.

The children's grandmother was watching the girl and boy, Brooklynn and Devin, who are 4 and 2 years old.

Maffei, 43, then drove to the Ballena Isle Marina in Alameda where he is accused of stealing a 40-foot yacht and sailing away south down the coast. It is unknown at this time where he was heading, McPhillips said.

First the FBI, and then the Coast Guard got involved as authorities followed the alleged abductor's trail.

A fisherman reported to the Coast Guard early Friday morning that he had spotted the yacht, and an airplane from Sacramento was dispatched to follow the boat, McPhillips said. Authorities planned to approach Maffei if he stopped for gas, but when he changed course, heading south, the Coast Guard dispatched a small boat to approach him.

At 7:20 p.m. about 20 miles south of Monterey Bay, the Coast Guard came alongside the vessel and asked to come aboard, to which Maffei agreed. The children were taken off the ship and Maffei was arrested on two charges each of kidnapping, child endangerment and parental abduction, McPhillips said.

He was taken to the San Mateo County Jail and was ordered held on $200,000 bail.

Once police determined that Brooklynn and Devin were unharmed, they were returned to their mother, police said.

The stolen yacht, named Unleashed, was managed by a service called Club Nautique, McPhillips said, and was used for charters and sailing lessons. Maffei had been on the vessel before for a sailing lesson, but any additional relationship he had with the owner is unknown at this time.

The restraining order against Maffei the children's mother requested was granted Sept. 6 by the San Mateo County Court, according to court documents.

It was believed that Maffei might try to take his children outside of the United States after it was revealed that the man had quit his job, closed his bank accounts, got rid of his assets, and sold his home, ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco reported.

Maffei had also lived in Thailand and had several bank accounts there.

A hearing for the restraining order is set for Sept. 21.

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Missing Missouri Baby: Police Stage 'Break In' at Family's Home

Courtesy the Find Lisa Facebook Page(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Nearly a week since the mysterious disappearance of 10-month-old Missouri baby Lisa Irwin, investigators searching for new clues have staged an unusual recreation of what could have been the kidnapping.

Detectives and FBI agents showed up on Sunday at the Kansas City, Mo., home of the missing girl's parents Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley to restage what may have happened on the night of Oct. 3 when baby Lisa went missing.

Pretending to be intruders, investigators climbed through a window in order to gain access to Irwin and Bradley's home.  The "break-in" was no easy task, as the detectives climbing through the window needed to be boosted in, and afterwards the window slammed down on the detective's legs.

The staged break-in was undergone by investigators to test the story told by Lisa's parents -- that a kidnapper entered their home and snatched Lisa away while Jeremy Irwin was out working an overnight shift and Bradley was sleeping.  Police believe that the re-enactment may help validate or discredit the parents' story.

On Tuesday, Jeremy Irwin said he came home from working an overnight shift as an electrician and found his daughter's crib empty, the front door to the house unlocked, a window open and the family's three cell phones gone.

"The windows were open and lights were on and she was nowhere to be found," Irwin told ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday.  "We've been going over everything in our minds.  We just don't have any idea."

In the scenario re-created by investigators, the intruder could have come in through the window -- which had been tampered with -- then would have walked through the kitchen, through another doorway and toward the nursery.

Police, however, have been suspicious of the parents' story; Bradley said that police accused her of having done something to her child, and also accused her of failing a polygraph test.  Police said they could not comment on this claim, but said Bradley is "free to say whatever she wants."

The relationship between police and the parents soured last week when police said the couple had stopped cooperating, but by Saturday Jeremy and Deborah were again meeting with investigators.

Police have said that in the week since baby Lisa disappeared more than 250 tips have come in -- including one about a couple in California seen with a baby that closely resembled Lisa, and another about a teenage neighbor who knew the family's garage access code.

"We're chasing down the ones we can but still unfortunately nothing has really come from them," said Capt. Steve Young of the Kansas City Police Department.

So far police have only hit dead ends in their investigations, but friends and family have faith Lisa will be found alive.  They spread the word Sunday by passing out fliers to NASCAR fans, and through prayer.

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Missing Baby's Parents Make Emotional Plea for Her Return

KMBC-TV(KANSAS CITY, Mo) -- The mother of 10-month-old Lisa Irwin clutched a Barney stuffed animal today and pleaded for the life of her missing girl.

"We just want our baby back," said Lisa's mother, Deborah Netts, through sobs and tears while hugging the Barney plush toy. "Please. Bring her home. Our two other boys are waiting for her."

The infant disappeared from her crib in the couple's home in Kansas City, Mo., after being put to bed by her mother.

"On Monday night or Tuesday morning, our daughter Lisa was taken from our home and we just urge anyone with any information as to where she is or who she's with to please call the tip hotline or the police," said Lisa's father, Jeremy Irwin, in a trembling voice. "Anything, even the smallest bit of information, could help lead to her return."

"Anybody that might have her, they can drop her off anyplace safe, fire station, hospital church, no questions asked," Irwin said.

The parents, who are engaged to be married, did not stay in their home last night, according to ABC's Kansas City affiliate, KMBC. They returned to their house around noon Wednesday to pick up some baggage, but they are staying at an undisclosed location.

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New York Mom Allegedly Abducts 8 Kids While on Supervised Visit

BananaStock/Brand X Pictures/Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York City police are searching for a 28-year-old mother who allegedly kidnapped her eight kids during a supervised visit.

Shanel Nadal allegedly took her children, seven boys and one baby girl, during an authorized visit at Forestdale child agency in Queens, N.Y., police said. The children were in foster care. The NYC Administration for Children's Services would not comment on why Nadal had lost custody of the kids.

All of Nadal's sons have the same name, Nephra Payne, which is also the name of their 34-year-old biological father who might also be with the kids, police said.

The children range in ages from 11-month-old baby girl Nefertiti to 11-year-old Nephra Payne. While the boys have the same first and last name, some have different middle names.

The Administration for Children's Services released a statement Tuesday saying it had sought and received arrest warrants for both parents.

"We ask for the public's assistance in locating the children, and appreciate any assistance that they can provide the NYPD," the agency said in a statement.

Police believe the couple might be traveling with the kids in a black 1996 Chevrolet Suburban.

A source told ABC that the mother took at least one of the children out of state this summer without permission.

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Robbie Romero's Mom Does Not Rule Out Teen Could Be Her Son

File photo. Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- Robbie Romero's mother and brother have met with the teen claiming to be their long-lost family member and are unsure whether it's him.

Robbie Romero was seven when he disappeared in June 2000 while walking home from a friend's house. The case was treated as a missing persons case and a homicide case, though a body was never found.

On Wednesday, police learned that a man name Robert Terrezas was claiming he was Robbie Romero.

Terrezas made the eery claim to Robbie's brother Ricky and told him he goes by Robbie's name.

Ricky brought Robbie to the Romeros home where he met with Robbie's mother, Evelyn Romero. She then notified the police.

The police took a swab of saliva from Terrezas for DNA testing on Wednesday night and expect those results to come back within a few days, according to Santa Fe detective Lt. Luis Carlos.

Evelyn Romero said the she is unsure whether the teen is her long-lost son, and that waiting for the DNA test results to confirm it has been trying.

Evelyn Romero is also not dissuaded by the argument by Yolanda Almendariz, Terrezas' mother, that the teen was born in Mexico and moved with Almendariz to Utah years ago.

"This is my son, this is my son," said Almendariz, who showed local news station KOB childhood photos of the boy. "Friends call my son Robert Romero because they have the same face."

Evelyn Romero, however, isn't ruling out that Terrezas isn't her long lost son.

"I was noticing, the news media approached her yesterday and she showed videos of a young child," which Almendariz said was Terrezas as a child.

"I don't think the videos were of Robert (Terrezas), they must have been of her older son," said Evelyn Romero. "That child was dark complexioned. (Terrezas) doesn't think he looks like his siblings. He's very light complexioned."

Evelyn Romero said that when she met with Robert, he told her that his mother had no photos of him from when he was young, saying she left them all in Mexico when they moved.

Evelyn Romero added, "Well, you know, either way, if it is him, if it's not him, of course the mother is going to say that's her son."

The mother says waiting for the DNA results is an ordeal.

Romero said she has been telling her family to remain calm while they await the results, which police expect to come back within a few days.

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Exclusive: Jaycee Dugard Describes Giving Birth in Backyard Prison

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time ever, Jaycee Dugard, the California woman kidnapped and imprisoned for nearly two decades, is describing giving the birth at the age of 14 in a backyard prison.

Three years into her captivity, Dugard went into labor with the first of her daughters fathered by her abductor, Phillip Garrido.  She was locked in a room in Garrido's backyard compound when she began having pains.

"I didn't know I was in labor," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.  "I was still...locked at that time.  Just scared."

Dugard told Sawyer that she knew nothing about sex before being kidnapped at 11 years old by Phillip and Nancy Garrido in 1991.  She writes in her memoir, A Stolen Life, that the Garridos told her she was pregnant when she was 13 on a Sunday in 1994.  She knew she was putting on weight, but didn't know why.

She began watching videos about giving birth and worried because she knew there would be no doctor, just her kidnappers to help her.  She writes in her book that giving birth was the most painful experience of her life.

"And then I saw her.  She was beautiful.  I felt like I wasn't alone anymore.  [I] had somebody else who was mine.  I wasn't alone," Dugard said.

She gave birth again in 1997 to another little girl.  She educated her children, creating a school in the compound to teach them as much as she could with only a fifth grade education.  As time went on, Dugard said she learned to endure.

"There's a switch that I had to shut off," Dugard said.  "I don't know...I mean, I can't imagine being beaten to death, you know?  And you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped, you know?  So, it's do what you have to do to survive," she said.

She also thought of her mom every day.

"I wanted to see her more than anything.  Any day near the beginning, I said, I would cry every day.  And..[it'd] be hardest when I would think about her and what she was doing.  And then trying to convince myself she was better without me," Dugard said.

Dugard and her mother, Terry Probyn, were reunited after Jaycee was rescued in 2009.

Her mother never gave up the search for her daughter.  She'd replay the morning that her daughter disappeared, remembering she didn't kiss her goodbye as she left for work.  It was a moment both women recounted in their minds throughout their 18 years apart.

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Kidnapped Woman's Father Thinks Suspect Knew Their Family

Comstock/Thinkstock(PARSONS, Tenn.) -- The father of a Tennessee woman who was kidnapped from outside her home and led into the woods, believes the shadowy figure who abducted Holly Bobo was someone who knew the college student and her family's routines.

"It might have been somebody close, somebody that kind of knew our routine and when I left and when she left [his wife] and when my daughter left to go to school, is what I got in my mind," said Dana Bobo. "But I don't know what for sure."

The 20-year-old woman's brother saw the abduction on Wednesday from inside the family's home in Parsons, Tenn. Her brother called 911 and said a man wearing camouflage led the woman from the carport of her family home toward the woods.

"It's very possible that he could have known her, could have known her daily routine. We're following up on everything we possibly can," said Decatur County Sheriff Roy Wyatt.

Thunderstorms and a tornado warning hampered a massive manhunt early Friday morning, but the search resumed just after noon.

Bobo is a cousin of Whitney Duncan, a country music singer and a finalist on the television talent show Nashville Star. She recently tweeted, "Lord have mercy. I feel like I'm walking in a nightmare."

The community is offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to Holly's safe return. "If there's anybody that can help, just come on and help us please," said Natalie Bobo, Holly's cousin.

Police have requested 200 more volunteers to help with the search.

Investigators initially believed the young woman may have been abducted from her house in a home invasion, but John Mehr, spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told that "the suspect was never inside."

Bobo is 5-feet-3 and weighs 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans.

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Father Reconnects with Daughter Kidnapped as Baby

Carlina White pictured with her daughter. Photo Courtesy - Family of Carlina White(NEW YORK) -- The father of the woman known as Carlina White, who was kidnapped as a baby 23 years ago, says his relationship with his daughter is slowly growing since their miraculous reunion.

"I know it's going to take time, so I'm willing to put in that time," Carl Tyson said.  "In this relationship, you can't push nothing.  There's 23 years I can't get back.  Everything has to start from here and work its way."

Tyson said he and his daughter, who was kidnapped from a New York hospital, text each other every day and talk by phone every few days.

"We text in the morning, say good morning," Tyson said.  "Every couple of days, [I say] I want to hear your voice."

Tyson said his daughter, who currently lives in Atlanta, recently received her birth certificate.  He said his daughter's actual birth name is Carlina Renee Tyson, not Carlina White.

Tyson's description of his relationship with his daughter differs from the relationship Joy White, Carlina's mother, says she has with her daughter.  White and Tyson are no longer a couple.

Appearing on NBC's Today show Tuesday, Joy White said she and her daughter rarely talk and are like strangers. 

Ann Pettway, the woman who Carlina White has called mom for most of her life, confessed to kidnapping the child when she surrendered to authorities in January.  Pettway remains in custody, and the announcement of whether a grand jury would return a federal kidnapping indictment against her has been deferred for another two weeks.

"I hope she gets 23 years. She took 23 from me," Tyson said. 

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