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Atlanta Girl Kidnapping: Mother Knew Suspect
The mother of a 14-year-old kidnapped girl was arrested in the same drugs case as one of the men held over her disappearance.
Ayvani Hope Perez was abducted by two armed men during a break-in at her home near Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday. She was found safe and well in Conyers - about 20 miles east of Atlanta - the next day.
Two men are in custody in connection with her suspected abduction. Wildrego Jackson, 29, has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap, and Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, 40, is being held on immigration-related charges.
Police had said the kidnapping at Ayvani's home in Ellenwood, Clayton County, appeared to be random.
But arrest records show Contreras-Rodriguez was held in a drugs bust at a home in Henry County in February 2012. A judge later dismissed the drug trafficking charge.
Ayvani's mother, Maria Corral, was arrested in the same raid, although she was never indicted and the case was dismissed.
It was not immediately clear why Corral and Contreras-Rodriguez were in the home together when the raid took place.
Ayvani was taken to hospital for checks on Wednesday and has been reunited with her family.
Clayton County police chief Gregory Porter said she was in "good health", adding: "This is a good day. She is safe ... she is safe."
Officers are still looking for two other suspects pictured in artists' impressions released by police.
Police said armed men entered the family property through a back door at around 2am and demanded money and jewellery from Ayvani's mother.
When she said she did not have any, they took Ayvani from her home. One of the men shot and killed the dog because it was barking.