Upset about Columbus case of missing twin Kason Thomas? Here's how you can help:
The Columbus Dispatch
The search for missing 5-month-old Kason Thomas drags on Thursday morning — with a focus on Montgomery County.
The baby remains unaccounted for after he and his twin brother, Kyair, were left in a running car while their mother picked up a Door Dash food order from a Donatos Pizza restaurant in Columbus' Short North neighborhood around 9:45 p.m. Monday.
When the twins' mother, Wilhelmina Barnett, turned around, the car was gone, according to the Columbus police.
Columbus police have identified Nalah T. Jackson, 24, as their prime suspect in the abduction and, according to tips they've received, believe she might still be in the Dayton area. Kyair was found by a passerby sitting in a car seat in the bitter cold early Tuesday in the economy parking lot of Dayton International Airport.
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Jackson, who has been convicted of child endangerment and accused of attempting to abduct her own children from a protective services agency, was charged Tuesday by Columbus police with two counts of kidnapping.
During press conferences Tuesday and Wednesday, authorities urged Jackson to return Kason safely and pleaded for anyone with information to call 911.
On Wednesday, Barnett begged Jackson to return Kason.
"I'm not mad at you. I know you got problems and are mentally ill," Barnett said. "Bring him home. I just want my baby."
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Jermaine Mitchell, cousin to LaFonda Thomas, paternal grandmother to twins Kyair and Kason Thomas, hugs Thomas during a prayer vigil Wednesday at the Donatos on North High Street where the boys were abducted Monday. Kyair was found at the Dayton International Airport on Tuesday morning. Kason is still missing.
Anyone interested in helping the Thomas family in searching for Kason and Kyair's alleged abductor, Jackson, should report any suspicious activity.
Columbus police issued a BOLO (all-points bulletin) to five neighboring states — Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — for those law enforcement agencies to immediately alert Columbus if anyone calls 911 and reports seeing Jackson, Kason or the stolen car.
If you see signs of a banged-up, black 2010 Honda Accord, take note. Barnett's four-door sedan has a ripped temporary Ohio registration tag, a missing front bumper, tinted windows and a white bumper sticker with the phrase "WestSide City Toys" on the back.
"If anyone has sighted them, even if it's not in Ohio, you say: 'Well that couldn't possibly be him, or that could possibly be her,' because it's not in the state of Ohio," Bryant said, "please do not discard that. Call us; give us that information."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus police's Special Victims Bureau at 614-645-4701 or the division's tip line at 614-645-4266. You can also reach the FBI's 24-hour tip line at 1-800-225-5324.
Want to join the search efforts for the missing Columbus baby?
Those who want to join the search for missing twin Kason can email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer, provide resources or donate items to assist, according to a Facebook post from the Dock Ellis Foundation, a national organization created by the late Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher to assist minority families with missing people.
Columbus police have two teams of detectives — 12 in total — searching for Kason in Dayton. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Dayton police, have joined in the search for the missing child.
Areas being searched by Dayton and Columbus police are being determined by tips, Columbus Sgt. Jeff Mooney said, so it's difficult to say if one or two areas of town are the focus.
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