Man charged with kidnapping one of 3 kids, who were found in Des Moines

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri- Authorities in Missouri are charging a man with kidnapping the child of a woman, whose body was found in a suitcase, along a southwest Missouri road in last month. Jessica McCormack's three children, were recently found in Des Moines, Iowa unharmed. Police say their father had left them with a woman, saying he could not care for them. Federal prosecutors say the 37-year-old man charged in the case, is a Somali national, he has not been taken into custody.

The US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri says 37-year-old Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed, a Somali national, known to live in Noel, Missouri is charged in in the kidnapping of Jessica McCormack's 4 year old daughter.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, the body of Jessica McCormack, of Noel, was discovered on July 29, 2019, near Missouri Highway 59 between Lanagan, Mo., and Noel. The last time McCormack was seen alive, the affidavit says, was when law enforcement officers responded to a call at her home on July 16, 2019. Also present in the residence were Mahamed, who was identified as McCormack’s paramour, and McCormack’s three daughters, identified in court documents as Jane Doe 1 (four years old), Jane Doe 2 (two years old), and Jane Doe 3 (six months old). Jane Doe 2 is Mahamed’s daughter.

The children were the subject of an Amber Alert, and were found in a residence in Des Moines.

According to the affidavit, a woman who formerly worked with Mahamed at the Tyson plant in Noel told law enforcement officers that Mahamed arrived at her Des Moines residence with the children on Aug. 5, 2019. She discovered he had left on Aug. 8, 2019, the affidavit says, when she found a note from Mahamed informing her that he could not care for the children.

Investigators confirmed with the father of McCormack’s oldest child that Mahamed did not have his consent to take Jane Doe 1 outside the state of Missouri. The biological father of Jane Doe 3 cannot be positively identified at this time.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the FBI, the McDonald County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the Des Moines, Iowa, Police Department.

Missing Missouri kids found in Des Moines, Iowa
Missing Missouri kids found in Des Moines, Iowa


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