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Good Samaritans, Police Rescue Kidnapped Baby After Car Is Stolen With Twins Inside

Indianapolis, IN – An Indianapolis police officer who helped locate and rescue a kidnapped baby who had been missing for days said that holding the little boy and knowing he was safe was one of the best moments of his career.

The Columbus Police Department (CPD) and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said that two Indiana women, cousins Mecka Curry and Shyann Delmar, were also instrumental in the search for the kidnapped baby, according to WTHR.

Twin five-month-old boys Kason and Kyair Thomas were sitting in the back seat of their mother’s car outside a pizzeria in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 20 while their mother filled a DoorDash order when someone stole her vehicle, FOX News reported.

The suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Nalah Jackson, ended up leaving Kyair in the parking lot outside Dayton International Airport, where a passerby discovered him early the next day, according to the Indianapolis Star.

But Kason was nowhere to be found.

When Delmar saw a photograph of the alleged kidnapper, she realized the image bore a striking resemblance to a woman she’d previously met outside a gas station in Indianapolis, WTHR reported.

Delmar recalled having purchased a toy from the woman, and said they exchanged numbers after Delmar gave her a ride.

“I was scrolling on Facebook and I see a mugshot of this girl with blonde hair, and I’m like, ‘damn she look familiar,’” Delmar said in a TikTok video detailing the incident, according to WTHR. “… so, I kept digging and digging and digging and digging.”

The cousins said they told the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the IMPD about the woman in an attempt to identify her.

Delmar and Curry then contacted Jackson and arranged to give her a ride to several stores in the area so they could notify police once she was with them, according to WTHR reported.

Police stopped their vehicle after they picked Jackson up on Jan. 22 and ended up taking her into custody, but Kason’s whereabouts were still unknown.

“We remembered she said Papa Johns,” the women said, according to WTHR. “She kept saying Papa Johns.”

Curry and Delmar went to the restaurant and said they soon spotted a vehicle matching the description of the stolen car, WTHR reported.

“I look in the back. I see baby legs,” Curry said. “I don’t hear a baby.”

While she tried to force her way into the car, Delmar ran into the restaurant and told them to call the police, the women said.

IMPD Sergeant Shawn Anderson was photographed holding the little boy inside a heavy coat a short while later.

“I can tell he felt comfort and joy,” Sgt. Anderson said in a video clip posted to the agency’s Facebook page. “He felt safe and secure at that moment, in spite of the ordeal that he had been through.”

“I was amazed at how well he was doing for the amount of time that he was gone,” the sergeant added. “And holding him was one of the best feelings I’ve had in my career.”

Curry and Delmar said they were elated to see Kason alive and well, WTHR reported.

“It was a very joyous moment for us,” Curry said. “Happy to hear the mother’s cries over the phone. It was tears of joy. It was very beautiful.”

Kason’s grandmother told WTHR the family is “grateful” to both women and “feel indebted to them for their bravery.”

“We are grateful Shyann and Mecka alerted officers to baby Kason’s whereabouts, grateful he is safe and excited he is back with his family,” IMPD Lieutenant Shane Foley said. “As we said before, members of our community were instrumental in this case.”

“This continues to be an ongoing investigation with the Columbus Police Department serving as the primary agency,” Lt. Foley told WTHR.

In addition to the two charges of kidnapping Jackson faces in Ohio, she has also been charged with felony battery by bodily waste for allegedly spitting in a deputy’s face at the Marion County Jail when the deputy was trying to handcuff her, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Jackson also has pending charges in Dublin, Ohio, in connection with two car thefts that occurred just weeks before the kidnapping, according to WSYX.

Jackson crashed both of those vehicles while trying to flee, but was only charged with misdemeanors, the news outlet reported.

It is unclear whether she will face felony charges in that case.

“After the Dec. 2 crash in Dublin, Nalah Jackson was transported to the hospital,” a spokesperson for the City of Dublin told WSYX. “The Dublin Police Department sent charges to the grand jury for review. Those include receiving stolen property and theft charges related to two stolen vehicles involved in that crash.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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