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Parents Reunited With Kidnapped Infant

Posted July 23, 2007

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— The adoptive parents of a Mississippi baby who had been kidnapped over the weekend arrived in Cumberland County Monday morning to pick up their child, authorities said.

Meanwhile, the two women accused of taking the child face one count of armed robbery and one count of kidnapping and could also face federal kidnapping charges.

On Saturday, two women and an armed man wearing masks stormed into Jennifer and Matt Erickson's home in Itawamba County, Miss., near the Tennessee and Alabama lines.

They tied up Jennifer Erickson with an electrical cord and fled with 5-month-old Madison Erickson, leaving another young child of Erickson's behind.

Jennifer Erickson was able to free herself and call authorities.

Authorities focused their investigation on the baby's biological mother, Jamie Kiefer. They contacted military police at Fort Bragg, where Kiefer's sister, Rikki Swann, lived before returning to Mississippi when her husband deployed to Afghanistan.

FBI agents and military police raided a home on Fort Bragg Sunday morning and arrested Kiefer and Swann. Madison was found unharmed in the home.

Authorities said Kiefer changed her mind about the adoption and took part in the kidnapping and that Swann helped her afterward. They are still looking for a man and another woman they say participated in the abduction.

Jennifer and Matt Erickson picked up their baby Monday morning and headed back to Mississippi, authorities said.

Kiefer and Swann are expected to have their first court appearance at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Both women are being held without bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Mississippi authorities have started the process to extradite the two women. The process could take between two weeks to 90 days.

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  • elcid89 Jul 25, 2007

    "Yep. Zeus and Athena will be a large part of this child's life, not some man made god."

    Which completely sidesteps the obvious concept that Zeus and Athena are also man made gods... :-)

    Know what a myth is? A religion no one believes in any longer.

  • freedomrings Jul 24, 2007

    Such a sad story. I placed my child for adoption when I was 17. Now I'm 30. It was the most difficult, heartbreaking decision I've ever made. But it was a permanent one, made to ensure my child had everything he needed that I could not provide.

  • ptahandatum Jul 24, 2007

    Yep. Zeus and Athena will be a large part of this child's life, not some man made god.

  • bicigoa Jul 23, 2007

    The fact that they were armed should show that it was not in the best interest of the child to be with the birth mother. One can only hope and pray that this beautiful baby gets placed with the family she was with in Mississippi. It is a sad, strange world out there. I wish for the best for this child, and hope everything works out for her in the future.

  • elcid89 Jul 23, 2007

    Note for ladyblue's benefit, since she has been learning about all manner of things lately (and of whom I'm very proud ...)

    relevant statutes are:

    NCGS 48-1-100 to 48-4-1-5, 48-6-200 to 48-6-102 and 48-9-101 to 48-10-105

  • elcid89 Jul 23, 2007

    "If the birth father didn't consent to this adoption then it will, for all intents and purposes, be voided and the child will legally be returned to the birth mother. It will be such that the adoption never legally took place so it will be reversed. Sucks the law is like that, but it is what it is. I suspect the BF will be making a statement here shortly that he did not sign the consent papers for this adoption."

    Heelygirl - once again, when children are put up for adoption the father is required to be served with notice of intent, and has the legal right to bring the entire thing grinding to a halt just by showing up (or sending his attorney) and saying "no."

    If they can prove the father was served, which is usually the case, and he failed to respond, then he has no standing. The sole instance in which they'd reverse is in situations where the mother falsely claimed the father was unknown and there was no one to serve. Those cases are rare.

  • 1Moms_View Jul 23, 2007

    I hate it when people act like children are yoyos to give away then take back whenever they choose. I don't see why people are upset and making comments about the father. It says no where that the birth mother was married and the father deployed. It said her sister's husband was deployed, not the father of the child. What a message for the sister's husband to receive while off fighting that his wife has been arrested for helping her sister kidnap a baby or being an accessory to it after the fact.

    This woman should never be allowed to regain custody of the child. Women who give awy their children should have no right at a later date to come back and take them.

    My husband was adopted when his mother failed to provide care for him. Over 40 years later, she contacted him and wanted to take up where she left off. He's not interested. His adoptive parents were wonderful and provided a good, loving home for him.

  • Adelinthe Jul 23, 2007

    "i understand what you are saying it is just crazy to me atleast that 2 parents make this child are married and both have legal custody but yet the mother is the one that makes that decision unless the dad goes through probably a long legal process of objected."

    Where does it say the father did not sign papers? Can't find it in the article.

    Don't some states have a one-year waiting period for the adoption to be final? This child is only 7 months old, so wondering about that.

    Praying for God's will in the life of this child.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Deleted Jul 23, 2007

    If the birth father didn't consent to this adoption then it will, for all intents and purposes, be voided and the child will legally be returned to the birth mother. It will be such that the adoption never legally took place so it will be reversed. Sucks the law is like that, but it is what it is. I suspect the BF will be making a statement here shortly that he did not sign the consent papers for this adoption.

  • silver Jul 23, 2007

    This is so sick - I was adopted, and think that once you give up a child there should be no contact and if there is any the child should be 18 yrs of age. Parents that don't want their children when they are born should not have any rights after they give them away. Save the sad story I couldn't afford to keep you! If you can't afford a child stay out of the bed. Go eat, running...

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