Associated Press January 9, 2010
2010-01-09 08:09 AM
Authorities are searching for a 3-year-old U.S. citizen abducted last month from a church yard in Port-au-Prince.
Police say Grady Mardy was taken while playing outside a Latter-day Saints church in the neighborhood of Carrefour on Dec. 6.
Anti-kidnapping investigator Francois Dossous of the Haitian National Police says two men took him from the yard and sped off on a motorcycle before bystanders could react.
He says FBI agents were called in to help with the search. An FBI spokeswoman had no immediate information.
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince declined to comment on the case.
Kidnappings have declined in Haiti after years at epidemic levels. They tend to spike before Christmas as abductors seek ransoms to buy presents.
Anyone kidnapping an American citizen in Haiti has got to be crazy. The Americans bring in the F.B.I. and other agencies. Nothing remains a secret in Haiti. The Americans find the criminals and fly them off to a courtroom in the States. Haitian kidnappers can expect a term of 20 years, or more.