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Mother-daughter duo plead not guilty to kidnapping in northeast North Dakota

Melissa Davis and Jasmine Davis

GRAND FORKS — Two Grand Forks women pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping-related charges stemming from an August incident that triggered an Amber Alert.

Jasmine Sophia Davis appeared in court alongside her mother, Melissa Sue Davis, to enter pleas to the felony charges. Jasmine Davis is facing a kidnapping charge and Melissa Davis is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Investigator Jake Lanes of the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office testified Friday, Feb. 1, that video footage showed Jasmine Davis and Melissa Davis fleeing from the county social services office Aug. 2 with Jasmine Davis’s 18-month-old daughter, Jaylee Azure. A staff member informed the pair the state would be taking custody of Jaylee before they fled, according to an affidavit.

Lanes said investigators questioned Melissa Davis at her home and she said she did not know where her daughter and granddaughter were. She was then arrested.

Jasmine Davis’ grandmother brought her and Jaylee to the sheriff’s office seven to eight hours after they initially fled, Lanes said. The child was unharmed and Jasmine Davis was arrested, a news release said.

If convicted, Jasmine Davis could face up to 10 years behind bars. Her mother could face 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge.

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