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Authorities in Ohio have found the second five-month-old baby who had been abducted along with his twin brother when their mother’s car was stolen as she dashed into a pizza shop. 

Kason Thomas was found alive and safe some 175 miles away from where he was abducted. Little Kason was found in Indianapolis near a Papa John’s pizza location on Thursday according to Columbus, Ohio police.

The baby boy is said to be in good health and has been taken to hospital for a check up. Kason was found in the stolen Honda Accord and still wearing the same clothes as on Monday.

Hours earlier, the alleged abductor of both babies, Naleh Jackson, 24, who is also a known child abuser, was arrested on Thursday. She has been charged with two counts of kidnapping. At the time of Jackson’s arrest, Kason was not with her.

Little Kason Thomas who is just five months old  was found on Thursday evening. He is being held in the arms of an Indianapolis police officer

Little Kason Thomas who is just five months old  was found on Thursday evening. He is being held in the arms of an Indianapolis police officer 

Kason (left) and Kyair Thomas (right) went missing on Monday night when they were abducted while in a car that was stolen from outside a pizza restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Kyair was found in an airport parking lot on Tuesday. Kason has now also been found

Kason (left) and Kyair Thomas (right) went missing on Monday night when they were abducted while in a car that was stolen from outside a pizza restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Kyair was found in an airport parking lot on Tuesday. Kason has now also been found

The alleged abductor of both babies, Naleh Jackson, 24, who is also a known child abuser, was arrested on Thursday. She has been charged with two counts of kidnapping

The alleged abductor of both babies, Naleh Jackson, 24, who is also a known child abuser, was arrested on Thursday. She has been charged with two counts of kidnapping 

His twin brother, Kyair Thomas was found abandoned and cold in an airport parking lot earlier in the week.

Columbus Police Deputy Chief Smith Weir explained how officers had received ‘over three dozen tips’ since Wednesday from across the state.

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Late on Thursday morning, several people called from Indiana to they believed they had  spotted Jackson in Indianapolis.

At around 2pm, Indianapolis police stopped an individual who they believed to be Jackson and took her into custody. 

Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant released a statement Thursday evening:

‘We are grateful to the public for their help throughout this investigation, and for the tireless work of our officers and our many partner agencies. They never stopped, never gave up hope, and would not rest until Kason was found. We are beyond thankful for their relentless dedication.

The Emergency Operation Center remains open even though Kason has been found. If you have any information that could be helpful with this case, please call our tip line at 614-645-4701.’

Kason Thomas was found alive and safe in Indianapolis near a Papa John's pizza location on Thursday according to Columbus, Ohio police

Kason Thomas was found alive and safe in Indianapolis near a Papa John’s pizza location on Thursday according to Columbus, Ohio police

The FBI had offered a $10,000 award for the safe return of Kason, according to Bryant. 

‘My tears have turned to joy,’ said grandmother Fonda Thomas to the Columbus Dispatch.

‘This means everything. My grandsons get to open up they presents simultaneously. Not one alone, wishing that the other one was there. I’m so happy. I’m so grateful.

‘The days have been sad … they’ve been long, and I’m pretty sure all y’all have gone through the same emotions with us. But now to feel the joy to happiness, and just the overall graciousness in my heart from everyone else. My son. Oh … the cheer … the happiness in his voice. That he knows that his son is safe, healthy, and he is going to go get him.

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‘That’s going to make my Christmas the best Christmas I’ve had in my 44 years of life,’ she added. 

The twins were in a car believed to have been stolen by known child abuser Naleh Jackson, 24, on Monday night.

They were left inside their mother’s car – with the engine running – at 9.45pm on December 19 when she went inside Donatos Pizza in Columbus to collect a Door Dash order.

When she turned around, her car had disappeared with the two babies still inside, police said.

In a 911 call, Barnett can be heard telling dispatchers: ‘Somebody just stole my car and my babies are in there.

Members of staff at Donatos Pizza told Columbus Police that Nalah Jackson (pictured), 24, left the restaurant when Barnett walked in. Police had named her as the primary suspect and she was arrested on Thursday

Members of staff at Donatos Pizza told Columbus Police that Nalah Jackson (pictured), 24, left the restaurant when Barnett walked in. Police had named her as the primary suspect and she was arrested on Thursday

‘I was just right here and all I was doing was just grabbing this pizza. I was right here, I didn’t even go inside the building,’ she said.

Restaurant employees said that a homeless person, now understood to be Jackson, was inside the restaurant but left when the Barnett came inside, Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said.

Jackson was arrested on Thursday. She has a criminal record and had been charged with abusing her own child. In June 2021, she pled guilty to child endangerment charges after her 11-month-old fell down a staircase, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

She was then sentenced to 13 days in prison and placed on probation for two years.

In September 2021, Jackson went to the National Youth Advocacy Center for a supervised visit with her children, but ran away and flagged down a stranger’s car, police reported.  

Wilhelmina Barnett pictured with her twin sons, both of which have now been found alive

Wilhelmina Barnett pictured with her twin sons, both of which have now been found alive

Kyair was found early on Tuesday morning in a Dayton International Airport parking lot after the statewide Amber Alert.

Somebody found the child in a car seat between cars in the airport’s economy parking lot. 

During a press conference on Tuesday, police had confirmed that Jackson was the primary suspect and had been seen at a gas station driving Barnett’s 2010 Honda Accord.

Barnett told officers during the 911 call that the car was missing a front bumper and had a torn temporary registration tag.

Bryant said during a press conference that the car had been spotted at a gas station near Dayton, and released surveillance images of the car.

Barnett posted on social media a screenshot of a text message she received demanding $650 for the safe return of her baby. Police have since confirmed that the message was a scam intended to extract money from Kason’s traumatized parents. 

She created a GoFundMe page to raise money at one point but the site’s policies do not allow users to raise funds for the payment of ransoms. 

Barnett told the police that the car had a torn temporary Ohio registration tag

Barnett told the police that the car had a torn temporary Ohio registration tag

Police have also confirmed that the message was a scam intended to extract money from Kason's traumatized parents

Police have also confirmed that the message was a scam intended to extract money from Kason’s traumatized parents

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