Northport woman charged in kidnapping of 6-year-old girl on Tuesday

(CBS42)
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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367550422&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4042329&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367550422 type=script]NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT)– A Northport woman has been charged with kidnapping a 6-year-old Mississippi girl on Tuesday.

According to a Criminal Complaint filed by a federal magistrate in U.S. District Court, 54-year-old Jesse Mae Brown Pollard is charged with kidnapping 6-year-old Jashayla Hopson.

Hopson was reported missing on Tuesday and sparked an Amber Alert across Mississippi and Alabama.

The affidavit states that around noon on Tuesday, April 30, a black female entered East Kemper Elementary School in Mississippi. Upon entering the school, the female asked for Hopson by name.

The female then took the girl out of school and got into a four-door vehicle and left the school.

Jashayla Hopson (Alabama Department of Public Safety  Community Information Center)
Jashayla Hopson (Alabama Department of Public Safety
Community Information Center)

Later that day, the affidavit states that Hopson’s mother received a text message that read, “dont call the police I will call you later if you call the police you wont see her again.”

After investigating the background of the phone number used to send the text message, it was discovered that it came from a cell phone purchased earlier on Tuesday at a Walmart in Bessemer.

The affidavit says the service for the cell phone was turned on around 3:54 p.m, nearly thirty minutes after surveillance video at the Walmart showed Pollard purchasing the phone.

Pollard was interviewed at her home on the night of April 30, 2013, and she admitted to being in Kemper County, Mississippi and in Bessemer, Alabama earlier in the day.

According to the affidavit, Pollard said she did not know where the phone was located when she was interviewed on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department (Mississippi) received a 911 call stating that Hopson was located in Enterprise, Mississippi.

Hopson was interviewed by forensic interviewers. She told the interviewers that “she was picked up at school by a black female that she did not know that was called ‘Jocelyn’. Jocelyn led [Hopson] outside to a brown four door vehicle and put her inside. “

The girl said that there was another person in the car called “Jordan” and a black female driving the vehicle was identified as “Jessie Mae.”

After Pollard allegedly abducted the child she stopped at a gas station where Jocelyn exited the vehicle. Another woman, who was wearing a pink shirt, then entered the car. Eventually, they went to a hotel and rented a room using a credit card that belonged to Pollard.

Pollard, Hopson and the woman wearing the pink shirt stayed the night at the hotel. The next morning, Pollard and Hopson left the hotel and began driving.

After a period of time, Hopson was told to get out of the car in the rain and to “wait for her mother to pick her up.”

The affidavit says that “upon the foregoing information, [the FBI special agent] believes that Jesse Mae Brown Pollard unlawfully kidnapped, carried away and transported in interstate commerce [Hopson] in violation of Title 18, Unites States Code, Section 1201 (a) (1).”

The Criminal Complaint filed on Thursday is merely a statement of the charges against the defendant, Pollard. The defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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