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Women Charged in Infant Kidnapping to Return to Mississippi

Posted July 24, 2007

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— Two women accused of taking an infant from her adoptive family in Mississippi have waived their right to extradition.

Jamie Kiefer and her sister, Rikki Swann, appeared before a judge Tuesday. They also waived their rights to be represented by an attorney.

The women, who were visibly upset in the courtroom, are each charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of kidnapping in the abduction of Madison Erickson. Authorities said three people stormed into Jennifer and Matt Erickson's home Saturday and took Madison.

FBI agents and military police found the baby unharmed at a home in Fort Bragg, where Swann lived before returning to Mississippi when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan.

Kiefer and Swann may also face federal kidnapping charges.


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  • WRALSUCKS Jul 24, 2007

    Kidnapping statutes don't have different categories for family members.... it's just one law.

  • djofraleigh Jul 24, 2007

    Can you imagine what this baby is going to think someday 20 years from now, as a young woman, when looking into her history and maybe seeking her birth mother? The story is there.

    I adopted, and I wish a child and society would see the parent as the person THERE, the ONE doing the raising, not the 'sperm or egg' donor. Some people like drama in their lives.

    These two sisters have a story to tell, for they could not think that they were going to NOT be found. They were desperate for some reason that made sense to them. They didn’t want ransom, didn’t mean harm, and may have thought they were acting in the child’s interest.

  • alwaysCool Jul 24, 2007

    There is more to this story than being said. The Jackson Paper stated that their has been a dispute going on. So it seems that the BLMother must have thought this was her last resort. Now she has more problems.

  • Riverracer Jul 24, 2007

    I see it as being a stranger abduction. That baby did not know those people, even if it was her biological mother and aunt. The baby is the legal child of her adoptive parents. The biological mother gave up her rights.

  • Mrs. Fabulous Jul 24, 2007

    I don't know what to say about this story. I kinda feel sorry for all involved. I guess I'll wait til more details for the story unfold.

  • uncwgirl02 Jul 24, 2007

    Looks like a couple of winners to me...

  • djofraleigh Jul 24, 2007

    This is not a stranger abduction, but one of the birth mother stepping outside the law, and an aunt/sister who should have tempered her sister, not aid & abet. This is not and should not be prosecuted as a non-family abduction. This case is not what the harsh kidnapping laws were made for.

    Like it or not, physically, this was the child’s mother and aunt and for justice to be served, the child protected, then the wisdom of a prosecutor and judge is needed to make the punishment fit the crime.

  • disney was the best- lol Jul 24, 2007

    i think they should face federal kiddnapping charges...im so glad the baby was unharmed and back safe with her adoptive parents.