Amber Alert Canceled, 2 Children Found

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

July 17, 2006

The two children are back home in Madison County safe and sound after being missing for over 12 hours. Their caretaker is now being charged with two counts of kidnapping and abduction.

Police say 2-year-old Diyon Jasper and his sister Amaya Jasper, who is just 11-months-old were turned over to a relative in Maryland around midnight. They were last seen with their caretaker, Stacy Marvette Burgess, early Sunday morning.

She gave police the fictitious name of 'Stacy Smith' because she is wanted on other charges in Maryland. Smith was their part-time babysitter and their grandfather's fiancee. Police says she is being charged with being a fugitive from Virginia.

She turned herself in around 2 a.m. following the Amber Alert, and is currently in custody in the Prince George's Correction Center in Maryland. Police say she is being charged as a fugitive from Virginia.

Before the family found their children, their grandfather Mike Williams had this to say to reporters: "It would have saved all this trouble. One phone call. That would have saved all this trouble. She had to [make] one phone call to us, and say she was going to keep [the kids] over the weekend. [There wouldn't have] been a problem. Now she got herself in deep water."

Burgess is scheduled to appear in Madison General District Court next week.

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