Suspect charged with kidnapping after Amber Alert prompts search

Martha Ann Poss
Staff Writer

A suspect is in custody after an early-morning Amber Alert prompted a statewide search for a missing five-year-old girl on Thursday.

According to Clay County Jail records, 49-year-old Martha Ann Poss was booked into custody shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday. She is charged with taking a motor vehicle and kidnapping of a child under 10 years old.

In the early morning hours Thursday, Poss was included in an Amber Alert for a missing Clay County girl.

The child was ultimately found safe around 6 a.m. and Poss was arrested by Clay County Sheriff's deputies.

It is unclear where law enforcement arrested Poss, but the Mississippi Department of Public Safety believed the suspect and child to have been in the Pheba community in Clay County prior to the cancellation of the Amber Alert.

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