New York State Police find missing Minnesota toddler on Thruway

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New York State Police found a missing toddler who was allegedly abducted in Minnesota after spotting the suspect’s vehicle on the Thruway.

Posted: May 4, 2021 4:32 PM
Updated: May 4, 2021 5:28 PM

ELBRIDGE, N.Y. – New York State Police found a missing toddler who was allegedly abducted in Minnesota after spotting the suspect’s vehicle on the Thruway Tuesday.

The driver, 27-year-old Amina Mohamed, of Minneapolis, is accused of kidnapping her little sister, 2-year-old Nasteha Mohamed.

State police received a ‘be on the lookout’ notification for a 2013 gold Chevrolet Equinox around 10:30 a.m. Authorities pinged Amina’s cell phone near Exit 42-Geneva on the NYS Thruway shortly after. About 10 minutes later, troopers noticed a speeding Equinox with matching plates from the BOLO near Exit 40-Weedsport in the town of Brutus. 

The vehicle was stopped in the town of Elbridge, where police say Nasteha was found inside, appearing to be in good health. She will be in the care of Onondaga County Child Protective Services until she can be safely returned to her mother.

Amina was taken into custody.

The investigation is ongoing. State police say more information will be released when it becomes available.

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