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Grand Forks woman pleads guilty to kidnapping that triggered August Amber Alert

Jasmine Davis

GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks woman pleaded guilty Thursday morning, April 18, to a kidnapping charge that spurred an Amber Alert in August.

The Amber Alert was issued Aug. 2 after 21-year-old Jasmine Sophia Davis fled from the Grand Forks County Social Services Office with her 18-month-old daughter, Jaylee Azure.

Officer Jake Lanes of the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office testified during a preliminary hearing in February that Jasmine Davis and her mother, Melissa Sue Davis, pushed a social services staff member out of the way and left the office in a rush after they were informed the state would be taking custody of Jaylee.

Officers said they found and interviewed Melissa Davis at her home, but she did not know where her daughter or granddaughter had gone. She was arrested on a charge of facilitation of kidnapping.

Jasmine Davis’ grandmother brought her and Jaylee to the sheriff’s office around 9 p.m., seven to eight hours after they initially fled, Lanes said. Jaylee was unharmed and Jasmine Davis was arrested.

Melissa Davis pleaded guilty in February for her role in the kidnapping. She was sentenced to spend a year on probation.

Jasmine Davis will spend two years on probation.

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