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Accused Kidnappers Make Court Appearance

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Two women, both charged in the kidnapping of a 6-year-old child in Kemper County, appeared Wednesday at a detention hearing in Jackson.

U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour Jr. ordered Joyce Johnigan released on bond following the hearing. Barbour ordered Shaquayla Johnigan to remain in jail.

The two are among seven people arrested on charges related to in the abduction of Jashayla Hopson from East Kemper Elementary School in Scooba on April 30. The next day, she turned up, unharmed, on a rural road in Enterprise, Miss., south of Meridian. She apparently was put out of a vehicle there and then knocked on the door of a nearby residence. The homeowner called authorities.

Joyce Johnigan and Shaquayla Johnigan are each charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.