ISP recover abducted infant in southern Illinois

JEFFERSON COUNTY - Illinois State Police officers have announced that they have safely located an abducted eight-month-old infant in Jefferson County Friday morning.

ISP officials say that an infant was reported as abducted by three suspects in Memphis, Tennessee at about 4:15 a.m. on October 24.  Missouri Highway Patrol officials informed the ISP that the suspects were believed to be traveling in a 2005 Ford and may have entered Illinois state lines at approximately 8:00 a.m.  In response, ISP officers and investigators immediately began to search for the suspected vehicle on Interstate 57.

According to Illinois State Police officials, an ISP trooper located the suspected vehicle near milepost 103 at about 9:15 a.m.  With the assistance of other agencies, the vehicle was stopped without incident near milepost 106.  Officials say the infant was safely recovered and transported to an area hospital for further evaluation, and three suspects were taken into custody.

The Illinois State Police have identified the three suspects as Brandon Wright, 28, Betty Jo Mitchell, 27, and Samuel Nichols, 29.  Officials believe that Samuel Nichols is the infant's biological father.  Mitchell and Wright have been released, but Nichols remains in custody on an unrelated warrant.  ISP officials say that formal charges are pending for all three individuals.

Authorities say the infant was released from the hospital in good condition, and remains in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.
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