Mother of 2 Mississippi boys faces federal kidnapping charges
The mother of two boys from a park in southern Mississippi appeared in court Tuesday on charges of federal kidnapping.
Sarah Caswell, of Mobile, Alabama, appeared in federal court in Gulfport on Tuesday before Magistrate John Gargiulo.
Prior to her charge, Gargiulo ordered Caswell to remain in detention pending her preliminary and Friday hearings.
Caswell, 33, was on a supervised visit to her sons at Beach Park in Pascagoula when she drove off with them on Friday, according to an affidavit from FBI special agent Jason Dufault.
The boys, identified in an Amber Alert as 6-year-old Kaiden Wall and 2-year-old Kolden Wall, were removed from their mother’s custody in July and placed in foster care by the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services affidavit says.
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“According to a police report by Pascagoula, Caswell asked the foster parents during this visit whether they were okay with the children in their car,” the affidavit read. “They agreed it was okay and the kids were in their car. When Caswell was in the car, he hesitated for a moment, closed the doors to their car and drove off at high speed.”
Dufault said Pascagoula Police Department received two calls from Caswell’s relatives saying they posted “crazy things” on Facebook and believed that Caswell would kill the children to prevent others from getting them. “
Caswell made two comments on Facebook Thursday in support of family members’ concerns:
- “One thing you will never do is take my right to protect my children. Weather (sic) I’m dead or alive. I will never stop fighting (sic) or give up, they are me.”
- “If I can’t make it through this game, I hope someone will tell my kids that I fought to the end.”
While the posts do not specifically state that Caswell intended to harm their sons, her family believed it was possible.
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Caswell’s vehicle was discovered in the Mobile area on Saturday, “suggesting that Caswell has returned to Alabama after the kidnapping of the children,” Dufault said.
Witnesses in Mobile and Grand Bay, Alabama, not named in the affidavit, said FBI agent Caswell visited her with her sons on Friday and Saturday.
The Amber Alert was issued on Sunday. The FBI in Mobile offered a $ 2,500 reward for information that agents would lead to Caswell and her sons.
Caswell returned to Mississippi and was taken into custody near Brookhaven on Monday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after a MP discovered the vehicle based on information published in Amber Alert.
The children were returned to the care of CPS.
If convicted, Caswell faces up to 20 years in prison.
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