Sheriff: Woman, brother arrested in ND with missing toddler

Published: Jan. 25, 2020 at 12:59 PM CST
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UPDATE 1/27:

Authorities in North Dakota have arrested a woman and her brother wanted in Wisconsin for allegedly kidnapping the woman’s toddler son.

Jessica Cleasby, 34, and Jamey Cleasby, 52, were arrested without incident Saturday night after their vehicle was found at a motel in Cooperstown in eastern North Dakota, Griggs County Sheriff Wesley Straight said Sunday.

Jessica Cleasby’s 1-year-old son was found unharmed in the suspects’ motel room, Straight said. Wisconsin authorities had traced the woman and her brother by pinging a cellphone, the sheriff said.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office in western Wisconsin had said the child, Sawyer Jacobs, was missing and endangered but was located safe. No details of the alleged kidnapping were immediately available, but Straight told The Associated Press that Jessica Cleasby had lost custody of her son because of drug use, and that the woman and her brother apparently were headed to Wyoming.

Formal charges have not been filed, but Jessica Cleasby and Jamey Cleasby were being held at the Stutsman County Correctional Center in Jamestown, North Dakota, on warrants out of Wisconsin, NewsDakota reported. The sheriff said the two have not asked for attorneys.


UPDATE: The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office says the missing toddler has been found safe.

As of 8:00 p.m. the missing person alert has been canceled.

Authorities are not releasing any other details at this time.

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The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network says a missing toddler is considered endangered.

Sawyer Jacobs, who is one and a half years old, has blonde hair and brown eyes, and was last seen during the morning of Thursday, January 23rd, in Eleva, Wisconsin.

Eleva is located in Trempealeau County.

Authorities say he may be with any of the following family members:

Jessica Cleasby

Scott Jacobs

Delores Cleasby

Jamey Cleasby

Anyone who may have information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 715-538-4351.

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