Boy abandoned at Mississippi Goodwill; Feds charge 2 with kidnapping

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Two suspects accused of abandoning a 2-year-old boy at a Goodwill donation outlet in Southaven, Mississippi, are facing federal kidnapping charges, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant’s office announced Thursday. 

Jeremy Fitzgerald, 34, and Turliscea Turner, 29, have been federally charged in a kidnapping complaint. 

The boy, who has not been identified by authorities, was left at the Goodwill on Stateline Road in Southaven, Mississippi Monday morning. The location is less than a mile from the Tennessee state line.

Authorities said he was left with a bag and a note.

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Prosecutors allege the boy was kidnapped as a part of a scheme that started with an attempt to blackmail his mother into prostitution.

It’s not clear from court documents how the two eventually decided to leave the boy at Goodwill.

Fitzgerald, Turner, and an additional unknown suspect allegedly drove the child across the Tennessee-Mississippi state line; a move that usually triggers federal kidnapping charges.

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