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Missing Ohio baby Kason Thomass found alive in Indianapolis hours after suspect arrested

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Posted at 7:35 PM, Dec 22, 2022

Ind. — A missing 5-month-old baby who was kidnapped in Ohio along with his twin has been found alive in Indianapolis, according to Columbus Police.

Hours before Kason Thomass was found, the suspect, Nalah Jackson, was located and taken into custody in Indianapolis.

Columbus Police say Kason was found inside the stolen Honda Accord wearing the same clothes. The car was found near a Papa John's on Indiana Avenue.

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The stolen Honda Accord where missing 5-month-old Kason Thomass was located

"This is going to be the best Christmas ever. I'm so excited. It is a miracle and without everyone aiding us in the search and doing whatever they could ... I'm overwhelmed right now," Kason's grandmother, LaFonda Thomas, told CNN affiliate WBNS. "I feel happy, I'm elated, I'm excited."

Thomas says Kason's parents are heading to Indianapolis Thursday night to get their son.

"We just gotta make sure he got that same smile," she said. "I want to say to the entire world — Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis ... I thank you ... I am overjoyed."

"We are grateful to the public for their help throughout this investigation, and for the tireless work of our officers and our many partner agencies. They never stopped, never gave up hope, and would not rest until Kason was found. We are beyond thankful for their relentless dedication," Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said in a statement.

Columbus Police say the Emergency Operation Center remains open even though Kason has been found. If you have any information that could be helpful with this case, call the tip line at 614-645-4701.

As of Friday afternoon, Jackson was still in the Marion County Jail. On Friday, charges were filed against Jackson in Marion County for battery of bodily waste where the victim is a public safety officer. She has a initial hearing on Saturday, online jail records show.

She faces two counts of kidnapping in Ohio and is awaiting extradition, Columbus Police say.

Police said Jackson stole a vehicle from a Donatos Pizza in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus at around 9:45 p.m. Monday. Twins Kason and Kyair Thomas were inside the car.

Kyair Thomass was located Tuesday at the Dayton International Airport, but Kason Thomass remained missing.

Police say they received several calls Thursday morning from people who thought they saw Jackson in Indianapolis. She was located around 2 p.m. and her ID was confirmed via fingerprints.

A spokesperson for the Indianapolis FBI says Columbus Police is the lead agency and the Cincinnati FBI office has the case.

Kason's parents have been notified of Jackson's arrest. Now that Jackson has crossed state lines, Columbus Police say this could "absolutely" become a federal investigation.

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Jackson has been arrested previously for child endangerment, custody interference, domestic violence, assault and a slew of other charges.

WRTV sister stations WCPO and WEWS contributed to this report.