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Women Snatch Babies to Hold on to Their Men, Experts Say

Ann Pettway is accused of kidnapping Carlina Renae from a hospital as an infant. Credit: AP Photo/Wake County Bureau of Identification It's hard to fathom what drives women to snatch babies from hospitals. Maternal instincts? A burning...Women who kidnap children from hospitals are trying to keep their husband or boyfriend, experts say.

All-Seeing Eye of the IRS Might Help Spot Missing Children

The great and powerful IRS knows and sees all. And, if not, it certainly has eyes ... everywhere. Surprisingly, few people take comfort in that. However, the oh-so-creepy omnipresence of the IRS might help find missing children. ...You can escape justice, but you can't escape the IRS.

Woman Allegedly Fakes Pregnancy, Steals Baby as Prop

Michelle Gopaul tricked parents into thinking they were going to a casting. Credit: MySpace Michelle Marie Gopaul is what you might call a method actor. The aspiring thespian and Toronto resident decided she wanted to play a...Actress alleged stages her own version of Invasion of the Baby Snatcher.

Strangers Won't Help a Child Being Abducted? Really?

Oh, how morning TV cares! Recently a friend forwarded me this fake abduction. It was staged for "The Today Show" about a year ago and filmed bystanders not jumping in to "save" the girl (actually a 7-year-old hired to act the part of victim). ...A staged kidnapping on morning TV is the exact opposite of the helpful, insightful segment the show pretends that it is.

IRS Withholds Critical Data in Missing Children Cases

Colin McNally ages an image of a girl taken by a relative at 4. She would now be 17. Credit: Daniel Rosenbaum, The New York Times / Redux Imagine the horror of having your child abducted by your spouse in the midst of a...The Internal Revenue Service has data that could help custodial parents locate their missing children, yet the agency refuses to release that information due to severely restrictive taxpayer privacy laws, The New York Times reports.

Dad in Egyptian Custody Case: 'My Children Today Were Not My Children'

PRODUCTION PLAYER! DO NOT DELETE. Colin Bower has fought tirelessly for the right to see his two sons ever since his ex-wife allegedly kidnapped them and took them back to her home country of Egypt more than a year ago. But a...Colin Bower has fought tirelessly for the right to see his two sons ever since his ex-wife allegedly kidnapped them and took them back to her home country of Egypt more than a year ago. But a reunion there this week between the father and his boys was more heartbreaking than joyful.

Texas Woman's Ex-Spouse, Son Emerge After 17 Years

HOUSTON (AP) - A Dallas-area woman's ex-husband who fled in 1993 with their toddler has surrendered in Houston with the couple's now-20-year-old son. An attorney for Stephen Palacios Jr. of Waco contacted federal authorities Thursday so his...A Dallas-area woman's ex-husband who fled in 1993 with their toddler has surrendered in Houston with the couple's now-20-year-old son.

Boston Dad Fights to Get Kids Back from Egypt

PRODUCTION PLAYER! DO NOT DELETE. Colin Bower posts video messages to his sons on Facebook. He hopes they can see him, because he can't see them. His ex-wife, Mirvat el Nady, violated their custody agreement, allegedly forged...

Yes, You Can Leave Your Kids in the Car for a Few Minutes

Children dying in hot cars: Terrible. Passersby calling the cops every time they see a kid waiting in a car: Also very bad. Why? Why shouldn't we all be screaming at the moms and dads who leave their kids in the car while they pick up a pizza...

Opinion: Careful, Son, Your Helping Hand Could End Up in Cuffs

I winced when I heard that a 14-year-old Florida boy was arrested for kidnapping after he attempted to help a lost 3-year-old girl find her mom. He easily could be one of us. By "us," I mean one of the males in my family. We're not...

Chinese Babies Sold Into Adoption by Corrupt Officials

Yang Shuiying and two of her daughters on the front porch of her house in Tianxi village, Guizhou province, China. Another daughter was kidnapped by officials and put up for adoption. Credit: Barbara Demick / Los Angeles Times
Parents in China...

Boy Fakes Kidnapping To Hide Report Card

An Alabama boy pretended to have been kidnapped to avoid bringing home a bad report card. Credit: Damon Dahlen, AOL
An Alabama boy received a bad report card and didn't want to show his family. So he did what so many kids have done. ...

Missing Boy Found in Secret Room

Richard Chekevdia, right, poses with his father Michael Chekevdia in August of 2007. Credit: Chekevida Family/AP
An abducted boy at the center of a heated custody fight was found in a secret room at his grandmother's house, where his mother...

Jaycee's Story Gives Hope to Mom of Missing Boy

Jerry and Patty Wetterling hold a photo of their kidnapped son, Jacob. Credit: Craig Lassig, AP
A Minnesota mother whose son was abducted by gunpoint in 1989 says that the return of kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard is a beacon of hope for all...

Portuguese police may close Madeleine McCann case

The story of little Madeleine McCann, taken from her bed in the middle of the night while her parents dined at a restaurant nearby, reached every corner of the globe after her parents launched a massive publicity campaign in their attempts to find...

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