Kansas City kidnapping charges: Neighbors, security guard help thwart kidnapping, police say

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two men sitting on the front porch of a Kansas City home and a security guard helped thwart a kidnapping in Kansas City this week, according to court documents in the case against the suspect.

Jackson County prosecutors allege Ariella E. Scrivner, 34, picked up a 3-year-old boy who was walking down the street near 9th and White in Kansas City, Mo., on April 30.

The boy's mother told police she had been at a party at her sister's house, next door to hers, and had returned with the boy and another child. She said she told the boy he could go back to his aunt's house.

A neighbor told police he and a friend were sitting on his porch when they saw the boy walking down the street and Scrivner pick him up and walk away.

According to the court documents, the neighbor's friend started to chase Scrivner, who walked into a business a few blocks away in the 6200 block of Independence Avenue and said she was being chased by a "couple of guys."

The security guard asked Scrivner if the child was hers and she allegedly replied, "no, maybe," and "that could be her child."

Police arrived and took Scrivner into custody.

Scrivner has refused to speak to police investigators about the incident, according to the court documents. She is charged with one count of child kidnapping.

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