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Aunt Arrested In Kidnapping of Newborn Nephew Kayden Powell

Kristen Smith Arrested in Kidnapping of Kayden Powell

Originally posted 02/07/2014 11:00PM

An hour after a woman reported her newborn son missing from a Wisconsin home, police were questioning her sister – found with a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller, but no baby, according to court documents.

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Newborn Baby Snatched from Parents' Bedroom Found Alive

Newborn Baby Snatched from Parents' Bedroom Found Alive

Originally posted 02/07/2014 02:15PM

Wisconsin investigators are celebrating a happy ending after a baby reported missing after being snatched from a crib Thursday morning was found alive, left inside a tote bag near an Iowa gas station.

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Michelle Knight: Cleveland Kidnapper Strung Me Up 'Like a Fish'

Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:20PM

One of three women held in a Cleveland man's home for about a decade says an orange extension cord was used to tie her neck, hands and feet and hang her "like a fish," according to pre-released clips from a taped interview that will air Tuesday and Wednesday on the Dr. Phil show.

"I was tied up like a fish, an ornament on the wall," Michelle Knight told the TV host in a clip released to media. "That's the only way I can describe it."

"I was hanging like this," she said, using her finger to draw a swooping U-shape curve in the air.

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New Images Released of Man Sought in Madeleine McCann Case

Madeleine McCann Case: New Images of Man Sought for Questioning

Originally posted 10/14/2013 08:30AM

Six years later, the hunt continues.

British police have released two photofits of the man sought for questioning about the disappearance of the nearly 4-year-old Madeleine McCann, who was snatched from her hotel room in the Portuguese town of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

The computer-generated pictures are based on descriptions provided by new witnesses who claim to have seen the man on the night of Madeleine's disappearance.

Metropolitan Police describe him as white, between 20-40 years old, with short brown hair, of medium build, medium height and clean shaven.

On Monday, investigators in the case plan to make another appeal to the public on the BBC program Crimewatch, which is set to air in the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany.

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Cleveland Kidnapper's Hanging Death May Have Been Accidental

Cleveland Kidnapper's Hanging Death May Have Been Accidental

Originally posted 10/10/2013 01:00PM

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide, and two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of him in the hours before he died, the state said Thursday.

Castro's pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found, leading the state to forward those facts to the state highway patrol to consider the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation, according to the report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The report suggests – but does not conclude – that Castro may have died as the result of auto-erotic asphyxiation, whereby individuals achieve sexual satisfaction by briefly choking themselves into unconsciousness.

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Benedict Cumberbatch: I Was Kidnapped & Held at Gunpoint

Benedict Cumberbatch Recalls Being Abducted at Gunpoint in South Africa

Originally posted 09/12/2013 10:10AM

With four movies out this fall, including early awards contenders like August: Osage County, Benedict Cumberbatch is living a dream come true.

But it wasn't long ago that the actor – who's known for his roles in TV's Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – was facing a terrifying death.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the actor, 37, tells the story of driving north of Durban, South Africa, to the set of the 2005 miniseries To the Ends of the Earth with friends, when he was abducted and held at gunpoint.

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Anderson's Grandmother: Hannah's Return 'Exactly What We Hoped & Prayed For'

Anderson's Grandmother: Hannah's Return 'Exactly What We Hoped & Prayed For'

Originally posted 08/11/2013 12:00PM

After a massive six-day manhunt that eventually reached into the Idaho wilderness, Hannah Anderson was found safe on Saturday after allegedly being abducted by James Lee DiMaggio.

DiMaggio, who was killed during an arrest attempt by an FBI tactical agent, is suspected of killing Hannah's mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, and 8-year-old brother, Ethan Anderson. Hannah's grandmother (and Christina's mother) Sara Britt tells PEOPLE that finding the teen was "exactly what we hoped and prayed for."

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San Diego Manhunt: Two Kids Missing After Mom Dies in Housefire

San Diego Manhunt: Two Kids Missing After Mom Dies in Housefire

Originally posted 08/06/2013 02:00PM

Californians received the first-ever statewide cell phone Amber alert Monday night after a San Diego-area man allegedly abducted a 16-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother.

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, is also suspected of burning down a house where firefighters recovered the body of the children's mother, Christina Anderson, 44, as well as the body of a child whose remains have not yet been identified and the remains of a dog.

San Diego County Sheriff's officials alerted that DiMaggio was suspected of murdering Anderson. They said he might be driving Hannah and Ethan Anderson in a blue, 2013 Nissan Versa, with California license plate 6WCU986, towards Texas or Canada.

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Ariel Castro Gets Life Without Parole Plus 1,000 Years in Ohio Kidnapping Case

Ariel Castro Gets Life Without Parole, Plus 1,000 Years, in Plea Deal

Originally posted 07/26/2013 11:10AM

A Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

Ariel Castro entered the new plea Friday. In exchange, prosecutors said the 53-year-old Castro would be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.

Castro had been charged in a 977-count indictment.

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Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty in Ohio Kidnapping Case

Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty to Hundreds of Charges, Including Rape and Kidnapping

Originally posted 06/12/2013 09:45AM

A man accused of holding Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hundreds of charges, including rape and kidnapping.

Ariel Castro is charged with kidnapping the three women and keeping them – sometimes restrained in chains – along with a 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of the women.

Castro, 52, didn't speak during the arraignment, which lasted less than a minute. He stood motionless, dressed in an orange prison outfit, and looked toward the floor as the plea was entered.

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