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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Columbus woman charged federally with kidnapping infant twins

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today a federal grand jury indicted Nalah T. Jackson, 24, of Columbus, on two counts of kidnapping of a minor.

 

Each count as charged is punishable by at least 20 years of incarceration and up to life in prison.

 

According to the indictment, between Dec. 19, 2022, and Dec. 22, 2022, Jackson kidnapped two minor children in Columbus and traveled interstate with one of them. 

 

“Jackson is currently in custody in Indiana and will be transported to the Southern District of Ohio to face her federal charges in U.S. District Court in Columbus. Those federal charges will supersede her current state charge of kidnapping,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker. “Protection of our youth is vital and ensuring the safe return of the children in this case was paramount. Now, as we move into the accountability phase of this incident, I can assure you that my office will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in Ohio and Indiana to fully investigate the matter.”

 

U.S. Attorney Parker acknowledged the numerous law enforcement agencies who have assisted in this case, including FBI field offices in Columbus, Dayton and Indianapolis; the Columbus, Dayton, Huber Heights, Riverside, Vandalia, Dayton International Airport and Indianapolis police departments; the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; Ohio State Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshals Service’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST).

 

Assistant United States Attorneys Emily K. Czerniejewski and Noah R. Litton are representing the United States in this case.

 

An indictment merely contains allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Updated January 19, 2023