3-year-old girl found safe in Mississippi after being kidnapped from Ensley, 2 men charged

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A 3-year-old girl has been found safe after police say she was kidnapped in Ensley Thursday evening.

18-year-old Elis Sadiel Salgado of Atlanta, Ga., and 38-year-old Steven Andrew Holguin of El Paso, Texas, were charged with 1st degree kidnapping. Salgado is the uncle of the child. They will be held on no bond.

Salgado and Holguin are in the custody of the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office and will be extradited to Alabama.

Birmingham Police responded to 17th Street in Ensley around 6:30 p.m. after family members reported that a 3-year-old girl was abducted by her uncle.

Family members, who reported the kidnapping to police through a translation line, said they believed that the child’s uncle planned to take her to Mexico, where her father lives, or Honduras, where her father’s family is located.

Truman Fitzgerald, a media relations officer with the Birmingham Police Department, notified members of the media about the kidnapping around 9:52. Around 10:30, Fitzgerald confirmed the child has been found safe in Mississippi.

The suspects were traveling on Interstate 20 in Pearl, Mississippi, when officers executed a traffic stop on the vehicle after BPD relayed information to Mississippi law enforcement agencies. The two men were taken into custody and the child was rescued.

The child has been reunited with her mother.

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