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Southern MN kidnapping suspect, child found in Waterloo

Jill Charnesky

An Amber Alert was nearly issued before a woman was found with a 17-year-old vulnerable child in Waterloo.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 10:07 AM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 10:51 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – An Amber Alert was nearly issued before a woman was found with a 17-year-old vulnerable child in Waterloo.
Jill Charnesky, 62, of Rochester, is facing charges for felony kidnapping and is set to make an initial appearance Thursday after she allegedly took a child who she didn’t have rights to.
In April of 2017, Charnesky had her rights terminated to a child considered vulnerable by state statute.
On Friday, authorities said she took the child who was getting dropped off by a transportation service and it became a high-profile investigation around 3:15 p.m. Friday.
Investigators tracked Charnesky and the child to Waterloo on 7 p.m. Friday. A followup investigation led to her arrest Wednesday.
Cpt. Scott Behrns said they believed Charnesky and the child were on their way to Texas or Illinois.

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