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Ft Bend Co. Sheriff: Woman to be charged with kidnapping boy

Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Kismat Momin Ft. Bend County Sheriffs Office Chief Deputy Craig Brady held a news conference to give more details surrounding the case. Amsal Dhuka was found safe and sound in the Sugar Land area near a worship center Tuesday morning

A nine-year-old boy is back home safe and his alleged abductor is in police custody. Late Tuesday afternoon the woman police believe is at the center of this case turned herself in. But investigators warn more people could be charged.

Amsal Dhuka was found unharmed at an Islamic center Tuesday morning, just a few miles where he vanished 15 hours before.

Kismat Momin, 34, has not said a single word to investigators. Investigators say she drove around with the nine-year-old in her car most of the night, stopping only to eat some fast food, do some bowling and sleep outside an abandoned house.

After an ordeal that lasted more than 14 hours, Amsal returned home for the first time. Family members said he was doing fine.

Momin is being questioned by detectives. Her family told us on Tuesday morning they didn't know where she was. Momin surrendered mid-afternoon with her attorney at the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say Momin met Amsal as he got off the bus from school Monday afternoon at the front of the Landmark apartments off FM 1464 where both live and that she told her the boy his parents asked her to pick him up. Detectives say Momin then drove around all night, venturing as far as Galveston County before coming back to Sugar Land and abandoning Amsal at a Muslim worship center. Deputies found the nine-year-old there, alone, at 6:20am Tuesday.

Detectives say Momin's husband finally tipped them off. At issue now is if he or any of her family withheld information from authorities.

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office Chief Craig Brady said, "There were a number of people that had knowledge of where the child actually was and who had possession of him, and they simply did not forward that information to us and basically had 60-plus policemen and 150 volunteers out there searching in the area when they knew full well the child was gone with a specific person."

Amsal's family is just glad to have him home.

"Family is fine. Amsal is doing great, happy with the family," family spokesperson Nizar Ali said. "We really appreciate all your support and we really want to thank all the volunteers for your help."

Investigators say they still don't know what the motive was. Momin faces a third degree felony charge of kidnapping. Her family could face charges as well.

Momin is in the Fort Bend County Jail on a $125,000 bond. If convicted, she faces two to 10 years in prison, and possibly a fine up to $10,000.

Stay with Eyewitness News and abc13.com for the latest details in this case.

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