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2 more arrests in Kemper County kidnapping

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Wanda Faye Dancy charged Friday Wanda Faye Dancy charged Friday
Shamarius Ruffin charged Friday Shamarius Ruffin charged Friday
Jesse May Brown Pollard charged Thursday Jesse May Brown Pollard charged Thursday

New information in the kidnapping of a six-year-old Kemper County Girl--two more people have been charged in the case, and we've learned a possible motive.

Three women are now in custody, facing federal kidnapping charges.

54-year-old Jesse Mae Brown Pollard was charged Thursday.

25-year-old Shamarius Ruffin and 51-year-old Wanda Faye Dancy were each charged Friday.

We also learned Friday Pollard allegedly kidnapped six-year-old Jashayla Hopson to have the upper-hand in an on-going dispute about property with the child's mother.

We received copies of the affidavits used to charge Ruffin and Dancy. According to those documents, investigators interviewed Ruffin Thursday. She told them Jesse Pollard asked her to take a ride with her and babysit for her. Ruffin agreed. Pollard drove the car they were in to East Kemper Elementary School and told Ruffin to go inside and get six-year-old Jashayla Hopson. According to the affidavit, Ruffin did as she was told, and they drove away with the little girl.

But how were they able to kidnap a child from a school, if these allegations are indeed true?

We learned in court Friday, Pollard allegedly had someone working on the inside: the school's secretary, Wanda Faye Dancy.

She was interviewed by investigators Friday morning; by Friday afternoon, she was charged with kidnapping in federal court.

According to court documents, Dancy told investigators Pollard told her she wanted to take the child to have "leverage" to get her land back. The affidavit says the secretary told Pollard the child was in the library, and they could come get her. She also told them the school's surveillance cameras weren't working.

If the allegations are true, the three women could spend life in prison for kidnapping Jashayla Hopson. They'll spend the weekend in the custody of US Marshals. Preliminary hearings for Ruffin and Dancy are scheduled for Thursday morning. They'll also learn Thursday if they're eligible for bond.

Assistant US Attorney John Dowdy says more arrests are possible.

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