2 suspects in abduction of 5-month-old on way to Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The sisters arrested last week in North Carolina and charged in the abduction of a five-month-old girl at the center of an adoption dispute were expected to arrive in Mississippi today (Saturday).

Authorities say Jamie Kiefer and Rikki Swann are being driven to Itawamba County, where they will be held until a court hearing some time next week.

Sheriff Phil Crane says they can ask for bond at that time. The two are among four arrested so far in the abduction of Madison Erickson, who authorities said Kiefer gave up for adoption.

Their father, Joseph Richard Triste, surrendered to Crane on Tuesday. And a fourth suspect, Amanda Bell, turned herself in to Itawamba County authorities Friday.

Keifer, Swann and Madison were found in Bell's Fort Bragg, N.C., home on July 22, 18 hours after she was taken at gunpoint from the rural home of Madison's adopted parents north of Mantachie.

All four face state kidnapping and armed robbery charges. Kiefer and Swann pleaded not guilty Monday in a North Carolina court.

Bell and Triste also have been charged with burglary. In addition, the group faces federal charges.

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