JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A high-school teacher from Alabama is accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old girl from school in Mississippi, sending a frightening text message to the child’s mother and paying to keep her overnight in a hotel.
U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis says a federal magistrate in Jackson denied bond Thursday to 54-year-old Jesse Mae Pollard, of Northport, Ala.
The Clarion-Ledge says Pollard teaches at a school near the elementary school where a woman asked for the child by name and left with her on Tuesday.
Davis’ news release says that about four hours later, the girl’s mother got a text message saying not to call police or “u wont see her again.” She was released Wednesday.
An FBI agent’s affidavit does not give a motive, but says Pollard had a dispute with the child’s mother.