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Woman Arrested For Kidnapping Child From School

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      An Alabama woman has been arrested for kidnapping a girl from her school in rural east Mississippi.

      According to the Kemper county sheriff, the woman was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at her home in Northport, Alabama.

      Authorities say the suspect was given a polygraph test after which she was arrested.

      A few hours earlier the girl, 6 year-old Jashayla Hopson, had been safely reunited with her family.

      Investigators say a woman walked into Kemper elementary school Tuesday afternoon in Scooba, called out the child's name and left the campus with her.

      Wednesday accomplices in the woman's car left the girl along a rural road in Lauderdale county, officials tell us.

      She was found in the town of Enterprise, in Clarke County.

      The 24 hour long ordeal triggered an amber alert across the state. 

      The Mississippi highway patrol issued the alert around midnight.

      But there are discrepancies between state and local officials about why it took investigators 11 hours to issue the alert. 

       A spokesman for the state department of public safety tells us they were first notified around 10PM Tuesday night. However, the Kemper sheriff tells he first learned of the kidnapping around 5PM, two hours after the girl's mom got a text message that her daughter had been abducted.

      The sheriff tells us MBI investigators were on the scene shortly after his deputies arrived.

      The Kemper county school district has launched an internal investigation to find out if its student checkout policy was violated.

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