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Report: Suspect at center of MS. Amber Alert is mother of UA basketball player

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Jesse Mae Pollard in an interview about her son, University of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard. Jesse Mae Pollard in an interview about her son, University of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard.
Jashayla's family discovered she was missing when she did not get off the school bus Tuesday afternoon. Jashayla's family discovered she was missing when she did not get off the school bus Tuesday afternoon.
Kemper County Sheriff James Moore also sent a message to the kidnapping suspect. Kemper County Sheriff James Moore also sent a message to the kidnapping suspect.
"And whatever you want, I'll give it to you. If you bring me my baby back. I want my baby back," Ford pleaded. "And whatever you want, I'll give it to you. If you bring me my baby back. I want my baby back," Ford pleaded.

Jackson, Mississippi television station WLBT-TV is reporting that the suspect in the kidnapping of 6-year-old Jashayla Hopson from an area elementary school is a former teacher and coach and is the mother of University of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard.

Jesse Mae Pollard, 54, of Northport, AL, who was arrested Wednesday, appeared in federal court in Jackson Thursday afternoon. She is charged with kidnapping and was denied bond.

According to a criminal complaint, Jesse Pollard was questioned by investigators at her Alabama home Tuesday evening about a dispute she had with Jashayla's mother. The complaint doesn't say what the dispute was about.

According to the complaint, Jashayla said she was picked up from school by a woman she didn't know who was named "Jocelyn." Jashayla said Jocelyn led her to a car with a baby and woman identified as "Jesse Mae" inside. The group stopped at a gas station where Jocelyn got out and another woman wearing a pink shirt got into the vehicle.

Jashayla's family discovered she was missing when she did not get off the school bus Tuesday afternoon.

According to the complaint, Jashayla's mother received a text message on her cell phone just after 4 p.m. Tuesday that said "don't call the police I will call you later if you call the police you wont see her again." The text message came from a telephone that was purchased at a Walmart in Bessemer, AL. Surveillance video from the Walmart shows Pollard buying the phone around 3:24 p.m.

Jashayla's mother called the phone after receiving the text message and "heard only breathing on the other end." The latitude and longitude information related to the call indicated the phone was at the Walmart store. A short time later, the phone "hit" a phone tower in Vance, AL.

Other surveillance video shows Pollard with Jashayla at a Best Western hotel in Bessemer, AL, Tuesday night, according to the complaint. Jashayla was held in the hotel room overnight, but only the woman wearing the pink shirt stayed with her.

According to the complaint, on Wednesday morning, the woman in the pink shirt drove for "a period of time," and Jashayla was told to get out of the car and wait for her mother to pick her up.

Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call saying Jashayla was found in Enterprise, MS. She was taken to Rush Hospital in Meridian for observation.

An Amber Alert was issued for Jashayla Wednesday. Local, state and federal authorities were involved in the search for her. Her mother, Rochelle Ford, made an emotional plea for whoever took Jashayla to bring her home Wednesday morning.

"And whatever you want, I'll give it to you. If you bring me my baby back. I want my baby back," Ford pleaded. "And if it's me, take me, and bring my baby back."

Kemper County School District Superintendent Jackie Pollock said the district is launching an internal investigation into the abduction. He said the district has policies in place that address the issue of students being checked out of school.

"So, at this point we're basically conducting our internal investigation to make sure that those policies and procedures were followed, and we're looking to see at what point if there was a breach in policy and what took place," Pollock said. "At that point, we'll be able to determine if personnel were involved, and then of course, that will be a matter that we'll have to deal with and act accordingly."

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