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Grandfather Charged In Kidnapping Of 5-Month-Old Girl

The father of two sisters arrested in the kidnapping of a five-month-old girl turned himself in to police in Mississippi and has been arrested on similar charges.

Sheriff Phil Crane says Joseph Richard Triste is suspected of participating in the kidnapping of Madison Erickson.

Crane says Triste, like his daughters, is charged with armed robbery and burglary. In addition he has been charged with burglary. All three face federal charges.

Sisters Jamie Kiefer and Rikki Swann were arrested Sunday at Fort Bragg on state kidnapping and armed robbery charges and are awaiting extradition to Mississippi.

Crane says they could be returned by this weekend. He also says he expects to make more arrests in the case soon.

Authorities say Triste and Kiefer allegedly kidnapped Madison from the northeast Mississippi home of her adopted parents, Jennifer and Matt Erickson.

Kiefer is the biological mother of the baby.


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