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UPDATE: More details released on finding missing Trempealeau Co. child

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WHITEHALL, Wis. (WXOW) - The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office provided more details Monday over what led to the arrest of a woman and her brother and the safety of a missing child.

In a statement from the sheriff's office, it said they were contacted Friday afternoon by the county's Department of Human Services. Due to safety concerns, Jessica Cleasby was supposed to, by court order, place 1.5-year-old Sawyer Jacobs into the custody of Human Services. The transfer didn't take place.

On Saturday, sheriff's investigators uncovered information that led them to believe that Jessica and her brother Jamey Cleasby had left Wisconsin with Sawyer.

Saturday evening, the sheriff's office was informed that the three were found in Cooperstown, North Dakota. Jessica and Jamey Cleasby were both arrested.

Arrangements were made to safely return Sawyer to Wisconsin.

As of Monday evening, both Jessica and Jamey Cleasby are in the Stutsman County Correctional Center in North Dakota. Online jail records show they're held on a charge of Felonious Restraint.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office said both are facing extradition back to Wisconsin on charges of Interfering with the Custody of a Child.

Both are scheduled for initial appearances on February 25 in Griggs County court.


COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) -- Authorities in North Dakota have arrested a woman and her brother wanted in Wisconsin for allegedly kidnapping the woman's toddler son.

Authorities say 34-year-old Jessica Cleasby and 52-year-old Jamey Cleasby were arrested without incident Saturday night after their vehicle was found at a motel in Cooperstown in eastern North Dakota.

Jessica Cleasby's 1-year-old son was found unharmed in the suspects' motel room.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office in western Wisconsin had said the child, Sawyer Jacobs, was missing and endangered but was located safe.

The sheriff of Griggs County, North Dakota, says Jessica Cleasby had lost custody of her son because of drug use.

Map: Cooperstown, North Dakota, northwest of Fargo.

Associated Press

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