Kid­napped girl cried ‘help me’

Doc­u­ments: Pre­teen found in car af­ter crash

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An 11-year-old girl who was al­legedly kid­napped from North Carolina cried out “Help me” when police of­fi­cers in the U.S. cap­i­tal found her wedged be­tween the driver’s and front pas­sen­ger’s seat af­ter the car she was in crashed, court doc­u­ments showed.

The doc­u­ments were re­leased late Mon­day. They de­scribe the police pur­suit Sun­day of the car al­legedly driven by 36-year-old Cur­tis Atkin­son Jr. of Char­lotte, North Carolina. Atkin­son is the un­cle of 11-year-old girl Arieyana For­ney. He is charged with killing his par­ents, who were Arieyana’s grand­par­ents and guardians, in North Carolina.

Police de­scribe Atkin­son lead­ing them on a chase, which ended when the car rear-ended another ve­hi­cle in Washington.

Of­fi­cers say the force of the col­li­sion was so great that the child, two adults and a dog were all thrown to the front seat.

Court doc­u­ments made avail­able Mon­day said that an of­fi­cer who chased the ve­hi­cle in Washington was told that the oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle “had a hand­gun and they were not scared to hurt the kid­napped child in the ve­hi­cle.” Arieyana was taken to a hospi­tal for eval­u­a­tion. Atkin­son’s first cousin Nina Chan­dler told The As­so­ci­ated Press that family mem­bers also don’t know why Atkin­son was found with Arieyana, his late brother’s daugh­ter, af­ter flee­ing the North Carolina home where Atkin­son’s par­ents were found dead Sun­day.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view, Chan­dler said that Atkin­son and his par­ents shared an en­thu­si­asm for foot­ball and bas­ket­ball, at­tend­ing NFL games of the Carolina Pan­thers. “They loved their boys. And Cur­tis Jr. loved his dad,” said Chan­dler, of Up­per Marl­boro. “We don’t know what went wrong.”

Police in North Carolina had said ear­lier that they planned to seek charges against Atkin­son in the deaths of his par­ents, Ruby Atkin­son, 62, and Cur­tis Atkin­son Sr., 63.

Nikkia Cooper, 25, the third per­son in the car stopped Sun­day, is also fac­ing charges. Court records re­leased Mon­day in Washington iden­ti­fied her as Nakkia Cooper and said she was wanted in North Carolina for kid­nap­ping. She also faces a drug charge in Washington.

Both Atkin­son Jr. and Cooper ap­peared in court Mon­day and are be­ing held in jail.

Arieyana’s grand­par­ents be­came her guardians af­ter her fa­ther, 29-year-old Micah Atkin­son, was killed in a still-un­solved slay­ing in 2013, Chan­dler said.

Cur­tis Atkin­son Jr. has a crim­i­nal record in­clud­ing con­vic­tions for drug deal­ing and pos­sess­ing stolen goods dat­ing to 1999, ac­cord­ing to state prison records. He served 11 months in prison be­fore be­ing re­leased in 2011, those records show.


In­ves­ti­ga­tors with D.C. Metro Police ex­am­ine a ve­hi­cle on Sun­day and ar­rest a man af­ter a pur­suit that res­cued an 11-yearold girl who was re­ported miss­ing from a Char­lotte, North Carolina, home.

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