33-year-old mother kidnaps son in Mankato

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Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 10:30 AM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) -Tuesday night, Mankato Public Safety responded to a report of a kidnapping and a burglary on North 6th Street in Mankato. When they got to the scene and gathered information, officers concluded that 33-year-old Xia-Ziang Conchita Plunkett took her biological son from the Mankato residence and left.

“Her rights had been terminated and so she did not have permission and did not have the right to take her child,” Mankato Public Safety associate director Daniel Schisel said.

Police say Plunkett headed north on I-35, so they put out the alert to every agency along the way.

“Along the route there, deputies, state troopers, local agencies, anybody that had jurisdiction along that roadway started watching for that vehicle,” Schisel said.

Shortly after eleven p-m Tuesday, law enforcement got the break they were looking for. They spotted Plunkett and made traffic stop on I-35 near the border between Rice and Scott Counties.

They spent the next three hours negotiating with Plunkett, which prompted a shutdown of a stretch of the highway. Plunkett eventually returned her son to law enforcement and he was taken to safety. As for Plunkett, originally booked in Rice County, she is now in the Blue Earth County Jail.

“The next step will be the charging process,” Schisel said. Pending what we feel criminal charges apply to the situation.”